Olympia Fine Art & Antiques FairJune 20 - 27, 2018

Joan Mitchell has long been regarded as one of the most important figures to emerge from the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Untitled, 1972 is stylistically consistent with Mitchell's mature work, comprising the use of richly coloured, gestural abstractions set within a composition that mirrors the wild, energetic vigour synonymous with her technique. Often inspired by landscape and poetry, Mitchell sought to capture a purely emotional experience of nature where the cognitive impression took precedence over the recognisable image. She herself wrote: “I have feelings about water and sky. I like a view. I don't like to look at a wall.” Acquiring a house in Vétheuil outside Paris in 1967, Mitchell settled in the peaceful tranquillity of her new environs with panoramic views over the Seine. While tempting to connect her more visually harmonious aesthetic from this period with Vétheuil's most well-known artistic resident, Claude Monet, Mitchell refuted such claims, stating to The New York Times: “I bought this house because I liked the view, not out of any love for Monet”, stingingly mispronouncing the artist's name so it rhymed with ‘bonnet'.
Provenance:
Carl Plansky, NY (gift from the artist);
Succession Carl Plansky 2009, NY;
Private collection, Pennsylvania;
Collection of David Schaff, Philadelphia;
Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris;
Private collection, London;
Private collection, Brussels (since 2012)

Olympia Fine Art & Antiques FairJune 20 - 27, 2018

Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair

Stand C18

For the first time in a long while we will be exhibiting at the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair. We have chosen to exhibit an interesting and carefully curated selection of works by British, European and American artists from the mid-20th century. As well as including a few important individual artworks by artists such as Joan Mitchell and Fernand Leger, we will be focussing on exhibiting interesting groups of works by artists such as Dennis Creffield (a mainstay of our Borough Group shows), the abstract painters John Wells and George Dannatt, and the Scottish painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Most of these will be priced at between £2,000 to £30,000.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dodd (+44 7860 313 633) or Jamie Anderson (+44 7786 740906).