Description: Joan Mitchell
(American, 1925 - 1992)
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)
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