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.