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Auktion: Contemporary Art Part I
wurde versteigert am: 7. November 2011
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Joan Mitchell

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Schätzpreis: 350.000 $ - 450.000 $
Zuschlagspreis:  n. a.
Los-Nr. 31, Aufrufe: 55

Joan Mitchell Untitled 1981 oil on canvas 31 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (80.6 x 60.3 cm)
Provenance The Estate of Joan Mitchell Cheim & Read, New York Private Collection Catalogue Essay Prefiguring her celebrated La Grande Vallée series that would follow two years later, 1981’s Untitled finds Joan Mitchell in a burst of creative achievement, typical of her mature years. Mitchell began her wonderfully industrious career under the tutelage of the masters of the New York School, including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline As she developed her signature style in the 1950s, the inspirations for her emotion-filled canvases often had their origins in Mitchell’s own imagination. While many Expressionists chose to employ environmental objects as subjects then strove to obfuscate the representational elements therein, Mitchell’s process was the opposite. She aimed to fully illustrate the world within: “Mitchell’s compositions…were almost always informed by imagined landscapes or feelings about places…Some of her most ambitiously scaled paintings turn out to combine associations both to landscape and to specific relationships.” (J. Livingston. “The Paintings of Joan Michell”, The Paintings of Joan Mitchell Edited by Jane Livingston, New York, 2002, p. 41). In the present lot, Mitchell displays her many layerings of paint in beautifully characteristic form, rendering a field of bright oranges and autumnal yellows over an undergrowth of deep blues and aquamarines. In the end, Mitchell’s picture, though it lacks any narrative figures, suggests the beauty of a wilting garden, thriving yet fading into the cooler months. Mitchell’s intimate canvas gives us a unique look at the artist’s later years, where her gradually deteriorating physical abilities allowed her special reason to examine the underlying beauty in all waning things: “Painting is the opposite of death, it permits one to survive, it also permits one to live” (Joan Mitchell quoted in Joan Mitchell Choix de peintures 1970-1982, Paris, 1982, np). Read More

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Auktionshaus: Phillips
Titel: Contemporary Art Part I
Auktionsdatum: 07.11.2011
Adresse: Phillips
New York