Joan Mitchell - Unbound: Online Only New York Thursday, October 18, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Description

    “Trees that protect me from the rain.
    Trees that refuse to be in another’s landscape, mine or yours.
    Trees that are there to reassure you are here.
    Trees that are an internal presence of being
    Between places, here and there.”
    Phong Bui

    Joan Mitchell created prints in the late 1950s with the assistance of Floriano Vecchi, the owner of Tiber Press in New York. Following this stint, she later returned to the art of print making in 1972, creating etchings of her admired sunflower forms and continued with print making throughout the 1970s and 80s. The present lot, Tree 1, comes from her final body of prints which she produced with Ken Tyler at his workshop in Mt. Kisco, New York. For this last series she focuses on her beloved and iconic Trees and Sunflowers. The tree, for Joan, has remained an important compositional focus of her artworks including her earlier 1960s cypress series and her paintings of the mid 1970s which often allude to a solemn tree within a vast landscape.

  • Artist Biography

    Joan Mitchell

    Known for her highly emotive gestural abstraction, Joan Mitchell was one of the most prominent members of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Mitchell painted highly structured, large-scale compositions featuring vibrant, violent bursts of color and light, often influenced by landscape painting and informed by her emotional understanding of the world around her. Mitchell was one of the only female artists of her generation to achieve critical and public acclaim, and her work was featured in the famous Ninth Street Show of 1951, which introduced the world to the emerging American avant-garde. 

    Mitchell was a devoted student of art as well as a talented painter; she developed an intimate understanding of color through her admiration of the work of Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh and adapted the gestural abstraction of her day to create an art form completely her own, and continued her investigation of abstraction for the rest of her career. Her work has influenced subsequent generations of artists and is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and many of the world’s most distinguished institutions. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Tree 1

signed and numbered "47/94 Joan Mitchell" with the blindstamp of the publisher lower right
lithograph on Arches paper
24 1/2 x 20 in. (62.2 x 50.8 cm.)
Executed in 1993, this work is number 47 from an edition of 94, published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $7,500

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