Joan Mitchell - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Monday, June 1, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Arbres (Black, Yellow and Blue); Arbres (Black and Yellow) and Arbres (Black and Red)

  • 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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Arbres (Triptych)

Three lithographs in colors, on Arches paper, the full sheets,
all S. 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
all signed and numbered variously from the edition of 125 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Editions de la Différence, Paris, all with very minor soiling (primarily along the sheet edges), otherwise all in very good condition, all unframed.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $6,875

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York