Joan Mitchell, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992)


oil on canvas

39 1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm.)

Painted in 1974.

Signature: Untitled

The Arts Club of Chicago, Joan Mitchell: Recent Paintings, September-November 1974.

Fourcade, Droll, Inc., New York

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Yohalem, Boston and Washington, DC, acquired from the above, 1974-75

Private collection, New Jersey, acquired from the above, 1989

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