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Joan Mitchell

American Painter and Printmaker

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Movements and Styles: Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting

Born: February 12, 1925 - Chicago, Illinois

Died: October 30, 1992 - Vetheuil, France

"Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work. This is just a use of space and form: it's an ambivalence of forms and space."

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Joan Mitchell is known for the compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes of her large and often multi-paneled paintings. Inspired by landscape, nature, and poetry, her intent was not to create a recognizable image, but to convey emotions. Mitchell's early success in the 1950s was striking at a time when few women artists were recognized. She referred to herself as the "last Abstract Expressionist," and she continued to create abstract paintings until her death in 1992.

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