Joan Mitchell, ‘Poems’, 1992, Sotheby's
Joan Mitchell, ‘Poems’, 1992, Sotheby's
Joan Mitchell, ‘Poems’, 1992, Sotheby's

Signed in pencil by the artist and the poet on the colophon, numbered 44/76 (total edition includes 12 artist's proofs), loose (as issued), on TGL handmade paper, with title page and colophon, printed and published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, contained in the original paper folio and burgundy cloth-covered portfolio (8 prints)

The portfolio contains the following poems:
Joie de vivre
In Time
Cobble Hill
Mornings on the Bridge
Urn Burial
Avenue of Poplars.

sheets approx.: 490 by 359 mm 19 3/8 by 14 1/8 in
overall: 542 by 404 by 38 mm 21 3/8 by 15 7/8 by 1 1/2 in

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