Red Tree, 1976

by

Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell
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.

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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

No Room at the End ,1977

Colonna persa nel cielo, 2000