Joan Mitchell
American, 1925-1992
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High auction record
$17m, Christie's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Women of Abstract Expressionism,
Denver Art Museum
2015
Joan Mitchell: At The Harbor and In The Grande Vallée,
Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC

In 1950s New York, Joan Mitchell was a lively, argumentative member of the famed Cedar Bar crowd, alongside Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and other notable first- and second-generation Abstract Expressionist painters. Based on landscape imagery and flowers, her large-scale paintings investigate the potential of big, aggressive brushstrokes and vivid color to convey emotion. "I try to eliminate clichés, extraneous material," she once said. "I try to make it exact. My painting is not an allegory or a story. It is more like a poem." Mitchell, who moved to France in 1959, has had numerous museum exhibitions, and examples of her work hang in nearly all the important public collections of modern art.

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