Joseph Stella—one of the first American artists to glorify the new technologies of urban modernity—was born today in 1877. The Brooklyn Bridge was his most iconic subject. See more of the artist’s work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe.

Joseph Stella (1877–1946), The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939. Oil on canvas, 70 × 42 in. (177.8 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 42.15


“This is a character.”
“Oh, so this isn’t you?”
“It’s not me. But there’s a lot of me in here.”