Joan Mitchell, ‘Allo, Amélie’, 1973, Custot Gallery Dubai

Signature: signed 'Joan Mitchell' (lower right)

“Joan Mitchell”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March – May 1974
“Recent Paintings”, The Arts Club of Chicago, September – November 1974
“Boca Raton Collects”, Boca Raton Museum of Art, January – April 2005

Xavier Fourcade, New York
Christie's New York: 9 May 2012 (lot no. 211)
Private Collection

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