Joan Mitchell, Pastel, 1991 (detail)
The present work will be included in the forthcoming retrospective organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mitchell made pastel drawings throughout her career as another way to explore the vibrant color and layered mark-making that typify her paintings. Belonging to a suite of large-scale pastels on paper made at Vétheuil, France, this work was shown in the first museum exhibition of Mitchell’s drawings, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1992.
Joan Mitchell outside her home in Vétheuil, 1984. Photo by Edouard Boubat. © Estate of Edouard Boubat