Neapolitan Song

Joseph Stella was an American futurist artist who was born near Naples and who suffered homesickness for Italy.  Known for his industrially inspired work, in Neapolitan Song (1929), an ‘exotic, brilliantly colored landscape depicting a crane, plants and with Vesuvius in the distance,’ his picture is ‘reaching across the sea, bridging the distance between Stella’s old home and his adopted country’. Is the crane shedding a tear for the old country?

The picture is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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