Beauvais, 1986

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Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell
Beauvais, 1986
Huile sur toile | Oil on canvas
280.0 x 400.1 cm

© The Estate of Joan Mitchell

© 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.

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Joan Mitchell

1925 - 1992, Chicago (United States)
Died in Paris (France)

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. 
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Two Sunflowers ,1980

Seestück (leicht bewölkt), 1969