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Dynamic Velocity of Interborough Rapid Transit Power Station

Frances Simpson Stevens, American, 1894 - 1976

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America

c. 1915

Oil and charcoal on canvas

48 3/8 × 35 7/8 inches (122.9 × 91.1 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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This work has the distinction of being the only known painting still in existence by the American artist Frances Simpson Stevens. In 1913 Stevens met several Italian Futurist artists and writers during a two-year stay in Florence that determined her artistic path. She quickly adopted the Futurist visual vocabulary, which extolled modern technology through fragmented forms and dynamic movement. This painting, which depicts the grinding turbines of a subway power station, was made upon her return to the United States and reveals her continued infatuation with modern machinery, which she shared with many of her colleagues in the New York Dada group.