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

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

Contact Specialist

John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020