Red Tree, 1976
Huile sur toile / Oil on canvas
280.4 x 160.0 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.
Thus the structure of a tree is recognisable in Red Tree (1976): the mass of leaves, the start of the foliage at the top of the trunk. Lines in black, cream, red and tints of red evoke the branches and leaves, while the white canvas is the light passing through them.