Series: July 25 I
Artist DetailsName: Joan Mitchell
Birth: 1926 Death: 1992
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: before 1969
Period: 20th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 13 x 15 3/4 inches
Credit: Gift of McCauley Conner in Mem. of Barklie Mck.Henry (father)
On the heels of World War II, the tenor of American art began to change with the development of Abstract Expressionism. For the first time, the focus of the art world shifted from Europe to America, where the new art movement flourished in New York City from the mid 1940s through the 1950s. Abstract Expressionist included artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.
Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1925 and after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947, she traved to France for a year . It was there that her paintings moved toward abstraction and after her return to the states she established a reputation as one of the leading American Abstract Expressionist painters. She exhibited regularly in New York and maintained close friendships with many New York School painters and poets.
In 1955 she began dividing her time between New York and France, and in 1968 she settled in Vétheuil, a small town in the countryside outside of Paris, where she worked continuously until her death in 1992.