Joan Mitchell. South, 1989. Crédit artiste : © The Estate of Joan Mitchell
Crédit photo : © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Joan 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.
In three works displayed in the collection, River (1989), Beauvais (1986), and South (1989), colorful contours stand out against a white background that evokes both landscapes and trees. Paradoxically, Mitchell’s later work is one of unbridled vitality.