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Cypress

  • 1980
  • Joan Mitchell
  • Oil on canvas (dyptich)
  • 220.3 x 360.7 x 0.0 cm

Her recurrent use of panel painting enabled her to control the composition of her paintings in which strident, overlapping colors create tension, while contributing to overall harmony. In Two Sunflowers (1980), and Cypress (1980), two works from the collection, the yellow seems to explode: it is the color of sunflower petals or the sun on a summer day. Several splinters of purple and black lines barely disturb the main color, structuring the space as though it were flowering. An economy of means gives Joan Mitchell’s work intense rhythm.

© The Estate of Joan Mitchell © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell was trained and achieved recognition in the New York scene in the 1950s before gradually settling in Paris at the end of the decade and establishing her studio in 1968 in Vétheuil—where Claude Monet lived for several years. 

The importance given to gesture, the choice of imposing formats, and the use of pure colors all place her work within American Abstract Expressionism. But this lyrical grammar encounters an interior version connected to landscape and nature, and conveys its vitality. Mitchell worked from memory. She painted neither reality nor memories, but rather her perception of things and space. Her recurrent use of panel painting enabled her to control the composition of her paintings in which strident, overlapping colors create tension, while contributing to overall harmony.

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