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Abstract Collage 2

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These collages were inspired by Joan Mitchell.

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Not the Monet-inspired Joan Mitchell that I normally think of, but by her very early work, done in the first years after getting her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950.

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Her painting at that time seemed to be influenced more by Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” and the colors of the cubists:  dark, brooding, earthy.

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The connection to physical resemblance unraveled as Mitchell embraced abstraction.

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A lot of these paintings resemble the work of de Kooning and the other abstract expressionists of the New York School.  But she found her own way, eventually moving to France.

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She was a great admirer of Van Gogh and also Matisse, which I can easily see in her later beautiful use of color, and those paintings also remind me a lot of Monet’s water lilies.  I featured Joan Mitchell in my sketchbook project “Art I Like” and hope to do more abstractions based on her later work.

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http://joanmitchellfoundation.org/work

https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/4615