Huile sur toile / Oil on canvas
240.0 x 180.0 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. Tilleul (1978) is a close-up of a tree reveals a section of the trunk. Midnight blue and red lines evoke branches, while the white of the canvas is the white of light filtering through leaves.