Joan Mitchell, ‘Bergerie’, Christie's

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992)


oil on canvas

118 1/4 x 78 3/4 in. (300.3 x 200 cm.)

Painted in 1961-1962.

Signature: Bergerie

Bern, Klipstein und Kornfeld, Joan Mitchell: Ausstellung von Ölbildern, October 1962, no. 9 (illustrated).

New York, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., Joan Mitchell: The Sixties, April-May 1985, n.p. (illustrated in color).

Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York

Private collection, California

Private collection, Europe

Sotheby's-Deitch, New York

Pascal de Sarthe Fine Art, Scottsdale

Private collection, Hong Kong

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