• Art Impressionniste et Moderne auction at Christies

    Sale 5583

    Art Impressionniste et Moderne

    1 December 2009, Paris

  • Lot 41

    JOAN MITCHELL (1925-1992)

    Sans titre

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    JOAN MITCHELL (1925-1992)
    Sans titre
    signé, daté et dédicacé 'J. Mitchell 59 A Maurice with Love Joan' (en bas à droite); signé et daté 'Mitchell 59' (au revers)
    huile sur toile
    115.5 x 88.5 cm. (45½ x 34 7/8)
    Peint en 1959


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    Datée de 1959, Untitled de l'artiste américaine Joan Mitchell, dédicacée "Maurice with love" illustre magistralement la maitrise déjà atteinte par l'artiste en développant toute "la langue picturale qui sera la sienne: un tourbillon de traits, résultat d'un mouvement tellurique qui évolue dans plusieurs directions". Fidèle à la peinture dès ses débuts dans les premières années 1950, "les coups de pinceaux se font ici plus fluides et énergiques, deviennent plus touffus formant des surfaces plus denses et plus distinctes. Le poids de la composition s'agglutine et le chant de la couleur s'étend pleinement dans sa force matérique, énergie pulsionnelle pure dans le vide, prête à exploser."

    (Extrait de Joan Mitchell, La peinture des Deux Mondes, Milan, Skira, 2009).


    'Untitled' by American artist Joan Mitchell, dating from 1959 and dedicated to 'Maurice with love' masterfully illustrates the expertise the artist had already achieved in developping "the pictorial language which would become her own: a whirlwind of lines, the result of planetary movements shifting in every direction". Loyal to painting from the start of her career in the early 1950s, "the brushstrokes are more fluid and energetic here, becoming thicker to form denser and more distinct surfaces. The weight of the composition becomes more clustered and the song of colour fans out with materialistic power, pure pulsating energy into the void, ready to explode".

    (Extract from "Joan Mitchell: La peinture des Deux Mondes", Milan, Skira, 2009 (translator's own translation))
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    Provenance

    Maurice Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris (don de l'artiste, 1959).
    Puis par descendance au propriétaire actuel.


    Pre-Lot Text

    (Extrait de Joan Mitchell, La peinture des Deux Mondes, Milan, Skira, 2009).



    'Untitled' by American artist Joan Mitchell, dating from 1959 and dedicated to 'Maurice with love' masterfully illustrates the expertise the artist had already achieved in developping "the pictorial language which would become her own: a whirlwind of lines, the result of planetary movements shifting in every direction". Loyal to painting from the start of her career in the early 1950s, "the brushstrokes are more fluid and energetic here, becoming thicker to form denser and more distinct surfaces. The weight of the composition becomes more clustered and the song of colour fans out with materialistic power, pure pulsating energy into the void, ready to explode".

    (Extract from "Joan Mitchell: La peinture des Deux Mondes", Milan, Skira, 2009 (translator's own translation))


    Post Lot Text

    'UNTITLED'; SIGNED, DATED AND DEDICATED LOWER RIGHT; SIGNED AND DATED ON THE REVERSE; OIL ON CANVAS.