Joan Mitchell spent many years in her garden studio in Vétheuil, France, layering color across canvases to create vibrant, evocative works of art. She was one of the most influential and accomplished Abstract Expressionist painters, but received comparably little recognition during her life, and to many she remains an enigma.
The Paintings of Joan Mitchell explores Mitchell’s life through her work, tracing the ways her art captures and preserves long-ago landscapes, experiences, and emotions. Her paintings are windows into her world, and through them we can glimpse her radiant and compex inner life.
The Musée des Impressionismes in Giverny, France (near Vétheuil) will exhibit Joan Mitchell’s paintings from August 23, 2009 until October 31, 2009. Her work is also currently on display through May 24, 2010 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as part of the museum’s elles@centrepompidou exhibition of 20th century women artists.