‘My paintings aren’t about art issues. They’re about a feeling that comes to me from the outside, from landscape. … Paintings aren’t about the person who makes them, either. My paintings have to do with feelings’.
– Joan Mitchell, 1974
We love this quote by American-born artist Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) whose late paintings are now on display at Hauser & Wirth’s London gallery. Although she rejected classification (which is clear in her quote), she was an abstract expressionist, and one of very few women who exhibited alongside some of the movement’s heavyweights that included Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Hans Hoffman. Her late work features huge colourful, eye-popping paintings, inspired by nature’s beauty – in 1959 she left New York for Paris, and 9 years later installed herself in the French countryside (where she remained for the last 25 years of her life), following in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and Monet. Like them she was fascinated by its colours and tried to recreate its beauty through her art – her work includes ‘River’, a painting in blues and greens of the River Seine and ‘Sunflowers’ – a multi-coloured kaleidoscope of energetic brush strokes, which is an obvious nod to Van Gogh and a great antidote to the British winter.
Joan Mitchell, The Last Paintings is on until 28 April, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
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