Lot 29
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Joseph Stella 1877 - 1946

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • Joseph Stella
  • Undine (Ondine)
  • signed Jos. Stella (lower center)
  • oil on canvas
  • 36 3/8 by 38 3/8 inches
  • (92.4 by 97.5 cm)
  • Painted in 1924-25.


Stephen C. Clark, Sr., Cooperstown, New York
Stephen C. Clark, Jr. (his son), Cooperstown, New York, 1960
By descent to the present owner, 1992


New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Joseph Stella, April-October 1994, p. 134, illustrated fig. 165, p. 137
Cooperstown, New York, Fenimore Art Museum, American Women, April- December 2004
Cooperstown, New York, Fenimore Art Museum, American Treasures from the Fenimore Art Museum, April-May 2009

Catalogue Note

Undine is the title character in a popular 19th century romantic fairy tale written by the German author Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. She was a beautiful water nymph who gave up her eternal youth and acquired the soul of a human when she married the knight Huldebrand. The story has been adapted in multiple art forms, including literature, painting, sculpture, opera, ballet and film.