Joan Mitchell, ‘Afternoon’, Christie's

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992)


signed 'Joan Mitchell' (lower left); signed again and titled 'Mitchell afternoon' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

102 3/8 x 63 in. (260 x 160 cm.)

Painted in 1969-1970.

Signature: signed 'Joan Mitchell' (lower left); signed again and titled 'Mitchell afternoon' (on the reverse)

New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, Appel, Bluhm, Brooks, Domoto, Hartigan, Jenkins, Mitchell, Pond, Roth, and Stanczak, December 1970.

Syracuse, Everson Museum of Art and New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, Joan Mitchell: My Five Years in the Country, March-June 1972, p. 13 (illustrated).

New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Barnard Collects–The Educated Eye, September-October 1989, pl. 23 (illustrated in color).

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

Sue and David Workman, Stamford

Their sale; Christie's, New York, 5 May 1992, lot 42

Private collection

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Joan Mitchell

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.

American, 1925-1992, Chicago, Illinois, based in New York, New York