JOAN MITCHELLAmerican 1926 - 1992
Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1926. Her artistic education began at Smith College in Massachusetts followed by the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned a BFA in 1947 and an MFA in 1950. Between 1948 and 1949, she won a scholarship to travel to France for a year where her style developed towards abstraction. Returning to New York, she participated in the 9th Street Show in New York where she exhibited alongside contemporaries including Willem De Kooning, Lee Krassner, Jackson Pollock and Grace Hartigan. From 1955 onwards Mitchell began to divide her time between New York and France before permanently moving to Vétheuil in 1968. She continued to work there until her death in 1992.