Joan Mitchell, Paintings

August 23 - October 31, 2009

Joan Mitchell: A Retrospective

Joan Mitchell (1926-1992) is one of the greatest American painters of the twentieth century. Born in Chicago, she spent almost her entire career in Vétheuil, only a few miles from Giverny, two landmark villages in the development of Claude Monet’s art.

The abstract paintings Joan Mitchell created from the 1950s onwards refer directly to nature in their scale, light and dynamism (The Great Valley, Sunflowers, and Fields) and reflect upon the landscape surrounding her Vétheuil studio with its large vistas of the Seine.

Fifteen years after the retrospective of her work at the Jeu de Paume and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny presented “Joan Mitchell”, an exhibition coorganized with the Emden Kunsthalle (Germany) and the Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia (Italy). With over thirty monumental canvases coming from France and the United States, this new exhibition paid a comprehensive and vibrant homage to Joan Mitchell’s art between 1950 and 1992.


  This exhibition has received exceptional support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Discover the video of the exhibition (only in French).

We are grateful to the CG27 for this video and especially to Fabien Anquetin.


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