Joan Mitchell

In 1950s New York, Joan Mitchell (1952-1992) was a lively, argumentative member of the famed Cedar Bar crowd, alongside Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and other notable first- and second-generation Abstract Expressionist painters. Based on landscape imagery and flowers, her large-scale paintings investigate the potential of big, aggressive brushstrokes and vivid color to convey emotion. "I try to eliminate clichés, extraneous material," she once said. "I try to make it exact. My painting is not an allegory or a story. It is more like a poem." Mitchell, who moved to France in 1959, has had numerous museum exhibitions, and examples of her work hang in nearly all the important public collections of modern art.


Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Art Institute of Chicago
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Puteaux, France
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain - Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France
Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, California
Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles
Iwaki City Art Museum, Japan
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
LAAC - Lieu d'Art et Action Contemporaine de Dunkerque, Dunkerque, France
Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul, France
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Musée de l'Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Osaka City Art Museum of Modern Art, Japan
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka–shi, Japan
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Stanford University, Anderson Collection, Palo Alto, California
The Tate Gallery, London, England
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York