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Photo: Dan Wayne

Joan Mitchell
Born 1926 in Chicago, IL
Died 1992 in Paris, France
Untitled, 1959-60
oil paint on canvas
76 x 114 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1996.60
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Mitchell is one of the second generation of Abstract Expressionist painters, drawing from and expanding upon the visual language of New York artists including her mentor Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. While never totally a member of New York’s Abstract Expressionist male-dominated scene, Mitchell’s paintings similarly suggest the physical relationship of the body to the paint and the canvas.