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Fine Art on 12.23.008 - Five Abstract Expressionist Paintings by Joan Mitchell

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Joan Mitchell died in 1994.  Three days ago, I wrote an "Imaginary Eulogy"- for her here.

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"Joan Mitchell as an abstract expressionist composes with long curvilinear strokes or broad stains of color, contrasting warm and cool, often on unprimed canvases. Her perceptions enrich her work with a sense of the unfinished.

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Mitchell demonstrated in painting just as in life - anything can happen. - Joan Mitchell Foundation"

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Untitled (1957)

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Untitled (1958)

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"In speaking of Mitchell, others tell us of her 'physical materiality' -how she exudes the visual sentiments of nature.  (The) objectivity of her painting, (is) devoid of anecdote or theater, and in her own words '(I try to)...convey the feeling of the dying sunflower.' -Joan Mitchell Foundation" 

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Untitled (1979)

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After April Bernie (1987)

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Untitled (1992)

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(Copyright the Estate of Joan Mitchell, courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York, and artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  At AWC, artnet states: "artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues."-)  

 

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