Coney Island

Joseph Stella American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 910

A kaleidoscope of dazzling color and fragmented form, Stella’s abstract painting evokes the electric lights and energetic crowds of Brooklyn’s Coney Island amusement park and boardwalk. Celebrating the intoxicating and sometimes disorienting dynamism of modern life, Coney Island reveals the painter’s knowledge of Italian Futurism, which Stella was exposed to during a trip to Italy and France in 1910–11. The composition’s circular, or tondo, format links it to Renaissance depictions of holy subjects.

Coney Island, Joseph Stella (American (born Italy) Muro Lucano 1877–1946 New York, New York), Oil on canvas

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