Joan Mitchell - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Remembered Landscapes

    Joan Mitchell's intimately scaled Untitled  is filled with intimations to the lush French landscape in which it was created. Mitchell painted this work in 1975, having fully settled in Vétheuil, the river village about 35 miles northwest of Paris that had previously inspired Claude Monet, since moving there eight years prior.

    "If I could paint like Matisse,

    I'd be in heaven." 

    – Joan Mitchell

    The works she created there are permeated with an unprecedented degree of lyricism and chromatic exuberance; is as if Untitled breathes that very light and air, lushness and bloom, giving rise to the sensation of seeing the sky through a thicket of greenery or perhaps the reflections of nature on a rippling body water. The present work beautifully demonstrates how Mitchell’s compositions are never concrete representations, but associative, painterly approximations.

    "I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me – and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed…”
    - Joan Mitchell 

    • Provenance

      Julian Weissman Fine Art, LLC., New York
      Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2000

    • 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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Property from the Collection of Blake Byrne, Los Angeles



signed "Joan Mitchell" lower right; further signed "Joan Mitchell" on the stretcher and on the reverse
oil on canvas
7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (18.3 x 14 cm)
Painted in 1975.

Full Cataloguing

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $102,500

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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020