Ripley Auctions

Description: Joan Mitchell
(American, 1925 - 1992)
untitled, 1977
pastel on paper
signed lower right.

Provenance included: purchased from Andre Emmerich Gallery New York, 1994.

From Ask Art: A leading figure of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists in New York City, Joan Mitchell said that although her paintings seemed total abstractions, they were, in fact, "about a feeling that comes to me from the outside, the landscape."
For two years, 1942 to 1944, Mitchell enrolled in Smith College but was unsettled because she wanted to focus more on art. She transferred to the Chicago Art Institute, earning a B.F.A. in 1948 and an M.F.A. in 1950. There she was much influenced by the work of French modernist Paul Cezanne and Cubist painters.From 1948 to 1949, Mitchell had a traveling scholarship to France.

In 1951, her paintings were chosen to be part of the Abstract Expressionists "Ninth Street Show", and this exposure stirred much positive attention for her canvases. She had her first solo exhibition in 1952 at the New Gallery. A critic described her work as "heroic-sized cataclysms of aggressive color-lines in a savage debut that shows her moving further and further from Cubist order."

By the end of the 1950s, Mitchell like other Abstract Expressionists was finding less and less interest in her work because of the popularity of Pop Art and Minimalism. By 1959, she had moved permanently to France where she lived in relative isolation with Jean-Paul Riopelle, a Canadian painter, in Vetheuil, a village close to Paris.

In 1973 she had a major one-woman show at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, and in 1974 at the Whitney Museum.

Joan Mitchell died of lung cancer in 1992 at the age of 66.

16 1/4"H x 13 1/2"W (sight), 23"H x 20 1/2"W (frame)

  • Condition: PLEASE READ: All items in this sale are estate consigned. No returns will be accepted for reasons of condition or undisclosed repair. Every effort has been made to disclose condition in images provided. You may request a condition report, but this does not imply warranty for condition or allow returns for buyer''s remorse. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Your bid is a contract and signifies your acceptance of these terms.
    Shipping costs will include packaging, handling, and insurance. Shipping costs are in addition to the auction purchase amount. All items will be shipped to the address on the invoice. If there is a different address, please contact Ripley Auctions. The address change is not confirmed until you receive an updated invoice. The minimum shipping charge is $20.00. A low bid purchase does not mean shipping costs will be any less. If you are not prepared to pay for shipping, do not bid. Ripley Auctions has an experienced, professional in-house shipping department. Items will be shipped by UPS, USPS, or FedEx. Tracking will be sent to you by email. Larger items, such as furniture, will be sent by a third-party professional mover. Payment for transport must be received before shipment is confirmed. Ripley Auctions will remain as a liaison with the customer and the mover through-out the delivery process.
    Successful bidders will receive a WINNING BID CONFIRMATION immediately following the auction. A FINAL INVOICE will be sent 3-4 business days following the auction which will include shipping and payment details. Payment is expected within 7 business days of receiving the FINAL INVOICE. Payment is accepted by PayPal, all major credit cards, cash, check, and bank wire.

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Paypal, Visa, Wire Transfer


Professional in house shipping services are available. Shipping costs will include packaging, handling, and insurance. Shipping costs are in addition to the auction purchase amount. A low bid purchase price does not mean shipping costs will be any less. The minimum cost for shipping is $20.00. If you are not prepared to pay for our shipping, do not bid. Larger items may require a third-party shipper.

Successful bidders will receive a final invoice within 2-3 business days after the auction giving you payment and shipping details, if applicable, pertaining to the item(s) you have purchased. After payment is made your purchase will be shipped and tracking will be sent by email. Tracking information will need to be obtained by third party shipper for larger items purchased. It is the buyers responsibility to confirm shipping & billing address provided on invoices.

May 16, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Indianapolis, IN, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 21.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $199 $20
$200 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $4,999 $200
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $29,999 $1,000
$30,000 + $2,500