Cypress, 1980

by

Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell
Cypress, 1980
Huile sur toile | Oil on canvas
 220.3 x 360.7 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 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.

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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. 
In the same exhibition

Self-defined in five colors ,1966

Tilleul, 1978