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Joseph Stella (1877-1946) Tree of My Life

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Joseph Stella (1877-1946) Tree of My Life


An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection

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An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection


Tree of My Life


'Joseph Stella' (lower right)


Joseph Stella (1877-1946)


New York, Bourgeois Galleries, Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Silverpoints and Watercolors by Joseph Stella, March 27-April 24, 1920, frontispiece illustration (as L'Arbre de ma vie).

New York, American Art Association, The Salons of America, Spring Salon, May 21-June 9, 1923, no. 276.

New York, Dudensing Galleries, April 1925.

Des Moines, Iowa, City Library Gallery Des Moines and Association of Fine Art, Exhibition of Paintings by Joseph Stella, May 9-June 1, 1926, no. 3.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Joseph Stella, October 2-November 4, 1963, pp. 16, 48, no. 14.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, The Natural Paradise: Painting in America, 1800-1950, October 1-November 30, 1976, pp. 156-57, illustrated.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Themes in American Painting, October 1-November 30, 1977, pp. 102, 153, no. 62, illustrated.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Reflections of Nature: Flowers in American Art, 1984, pp. 83, 151, 163, fig. 131, illustrated.

Des Moines, Iowa, The Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Collects, May 12-July 28, 1985, pp. 15, 52, illustrated.

St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Art Museum; Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, The Ebsworth Collection: American Modernism 1911-1947, November 20, 1987-June 5, 1988, pp. 176-77, 220-21, no. 66, illustrated.

Washington, D.C., National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, American Impressions: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections, March 27-July 5, 1993, pp. 20-21, illustrated.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Joseph Stella, April 22-October 9, 1994, pp. 107, 109-11, 120, 268, no. 133, illustrated.

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, March 5-November 12, 2000, pp. 240-44, no. 63, illustrated.


“Notes on Current Art; Paintings by Joseph Stella,” New York Times, April 4, 1920, p. XX6.

H.E. Field, "Joseph Stella," The Arts, August-September 1921, p. 25.

"Comment on the Arts," The Arts, May 1921, p. 34.

M. Breuning, “About Artists and Their Work,” New York Evening Post, April 11, 1925, p. 11.

“The World of Art: Academy Exhibition and Others,” New York Times, April 12, 1925, p. SM18.

“Art,” The New Yorker, April 18, 1925, p. 17.

J. Stella, "New York," Transition, vols. 16-17, June 1929, pp. 86-88.

A. Lancellotti, "Un Pittore di Avanguardia: Giuseppe Stella," Emporium, vol. 71, no. 422, February 1930, pp. 70, 73, illustrated.

J. Stella, "Discovery of America: Autobiographical Notes," Art News, vol. 59, no. 7, November 1960, p. 27.

N. Baldwin, "Stella," Des Moines Register, April 18, 1970.

I.B. Jaffe, Joseph Stella, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970, pp. 83-87, 98, 105, 116, 132, 148-49, 184, 250n13, fig. 59, frontispiece illustration.

J. Baur, Joseph Stella, New York, 1971, pp. 20, 46-47, illustrated.

J. Wilmerding, The Genius of American Painting, London, 1973, pp. 228-29, illustrated.

J.G. Sweeney, Themes in American Painting, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1977, p. 129, pl. 62, illustrated.

J. Glaubinger, "Two Drawings by Joseph Stella," Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 70, no. 10, December 1983, pp. 385, 391, fig. 6, illustrated.

J. Zilczer, Joseph Stella: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1983, p. 15.

E.O. Wilson, Biophilia, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984, cover illustration.

Phoenix Art Museum, Collecting: Phoenix Art Museum, 1957-1984, Phoenix, Arizona, 1984, p. 20.

R. Reif, "Futurist Painting by Joseph Stella," The New York Times, December 5, 1986, p. C29.

"Joseph Stella's 'Tree' Sells for Record Price," The New York Times, December 6, 1986, p. 10.

"Rare Joseph Stella Canvas Brings $2.2 Million," The ARTnewsletter, vol. 12, no. 9, December 23, 1986, p. 2.

T. Segal, "At What Price Art? The Answer is High, Very High," Business Week, December 29, 1986, p. 136.

"New York, Christie's," Art+Auction, February 1987, p. 103, illustrated.

"Stella Stars at Auction," Art News, February 1987, p. 17.

Wilderness, Spring 1987, illustrated.

Richard York Gallery, Joseph Stella: The Tropics, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1988, pp. 18, 21-22, illustrated.

G. Norman, “Art Exhibitions and Art Sales,” 1988 Britannica Book of the Year, Chicago, Illinois, 1988, p. 135.

St. Louis Art Museum, Bulletin, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989, p. 58.

Insight and Inspiration, II: The Italian Presence in American Art: 1860-1920, New York, 1989, illustrated.

B. Millhouse, et al., American Originals: Selections from Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1990, p. 114n2.

J. Moser, Visual Poetry: The Drawings of Joseph Stella, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1990, pp. 89, 95, fig. 91, illustrated.

E.R. Firestone, "Incursions of Modern Art in the Regionalist Heartland," The Palimpsest, vol. 73, no. 2, Fall 1991, p. 153, illustrated.

S.C. Larsen, Bold Strokes and Quiet Gestures: 20th-Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 1992, pp. 32-33, 102.

J. Moser, "The Collages of Joseph Stella," American Art, Summer 1992, p. 61.

Snyder Fine Art, Joseph Stella's Madonnas, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1993, pp. 17-18.

I.B. Jaffe, Joseph Stella's Symbolism, San Francisco, California, 1994, p. 14, no. 14, back cover illustration.

ARTnews, vol. 93, 1994, p. 37.

J.E. Kaufman, "Rejuvenating Joseph Stella's Market," ARTnewsletter, vol. 19, no. 16, April 5, 1994, p. 3.

H. Cotter, "Painterly Synthesis of a Wanderer's Life," The New York Times, April 22, 1994, p. B7.

J. E. Kaufman, "Not Frank Stella's Father," Art News, Summer 1994, p. 37.

Richard York Gallery, Modernism at the Salons of America, 1922-1936, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1995, p. 22.

B. Rose, Joseph Stella: Flora, exhibition catalogue, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1997, pp. 11-13, 57, fig. 2, illustrated.

Kresge Art Museum Bulletin, East Lansing, Michigan, 1999, illustrated.

S.M. Peloquin, "Lifework in Occupational Therapy: Advanced Career Choices," Occupational Therapy: Principles and Practice, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000, p. 219.

P. Pinson, et al., The Art of Walter Anderson, Jackson, Mississippi, 2003, pp. 56-57, fig. 7, illustrated.

J. Dillenberger, A Theology of Artistic Sensibilities: The Visual Arts and the Church, Eugene, Oregon, 2004, pp. 137, 265.

J. Verheul, Dreams of Paradise, Visions of Apocalypse: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2004, p. 54.

C.T. Butler, et al., Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Columbus, Georgia, 2006, p. 101.

R.L. Bohan, Looking Into Walt Whitman: American Art, 1850-1920, University Park, Pennsylvania, 2006, p. 205.

D. Ngo, ed., Art + Architecture: The Ebsworth Collection + Residence, San Francisco, California, 2006, n.p., illustrated.

B. Ebsworth, A World of Possibility: An Autobiography, Hunts Point, Washington, 2012, p. 169.

S.J. LaGumina, et al., The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2013, n.p.


13 B


The artist.

[With]Valentine Dudensing Gallery, New York.

Carl Weeks, Des Moines, Iowa, acquired from the above, 1925.

Salisbury House, Des Moines, Iowa, gift of the above.

Iowa State Education Association, acquired from the above, 1954.

Christie's, New York, 5 December 1986, lot 288, sold by the above.

Acquired by the late owner from the above.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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