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The Creche (The Holy Manger), ca. 1929-1933
Joseph Stella

Oil on canvas, Frame H: 68.5 in, Frame W: 84.5 in, Image H: 60.5 in, Image W: 77.25 in
Purchase 1940 Wallace M. Scudder Bequest Fund  40.242
Not On View
Primary Title Notes: Irma Jaffe suggested the title "Holy Manger." She noted that the painting may have been prepared for the exhibition of sacred art in Rome (verified by labels on reverse), and that the painting was executed shortly before that exhibition, ca. 1933.
Inscriptions:
recto: c.r. blue paint "Joseph Stella"

Labels/Stamps:
on file: printed paper label "WHITNEY MUSEUM OPF AMERICAN ART / 945 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 / JS.94.85.4 / Joseph Stella / [underlined] lot La Creche, ca. 1929-32 / oil on canvas, 61x77 inches / Collection of The Newark Museum, New Jersey / JOSEPH STELLA / April 22 - October 9, 1994"; back of frame: r.c. [partially covered by stretcher] printed paper label "[xxx-torn] SACR / A. XII / Nome, conone e indirlzzo dell'artista / Joseph Stella / 201 Rue [xxx-illegible] Palazzo [?]";

Provenance: Aquired from the artist, New York, New York
Exhibition History:
"Joseph Stella [Retrospective]," The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, April -November 1939.

"Joseph Stella," The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. April 22-October 9, 1994.

Keywords: Religious, Christian