Joan Mitchell On Mitchell
Joan Mitchell kept this sketchbook in or around 1990, at which point she had been living in the French town of Vétheuil for over twenty years. Her home and studio was surrounded by gardens and trees, with an expansive view of the Seine and a very distinct quality of light. Read more.
Joan Mitchell kept this sketchbook circa 1967–1968, during a time of significant change in her surroundings. After living in urban environments (Chicago, New York, and Paris) most of her life, Mitchell purchased a property in Vétheuil, France in 1967. In this small town, an hour northwest of Paris, her home was surrounded by gardens and trees, and overlooked the Seine. For the first time she had a large studio, separate from her home, which would impact her work dramatically. Although Mitchell did not move permanently to Vétheuil until 1968, she began visiting her new home on the weekends in 1967. Read more.
Joan Mitchell kept this sketchbook in 1948, when she lived in Brooklyn with future-husband Barney Rosset. After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947, Mitchell moved to 1 Fulton Street, near the East River and in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, in the area now called DUMBO. The sketchbook, which measures 10 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches, primarily contains drawings in graphite, though it also includes text and several small gouache paintings. Read more.