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Ici

Artist
Joan Mitchell, American, 1925–1992
Date
1992
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Vétheuil, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 253
Dimensions
left panel: 102 x 78 3/4 in. (259.1 x 200 cm)
right panel: 102 3/8 x 78 7/8 in. (260 x 200.3 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
Rights
© Estate of Joan Mitchell
Object Number
86:1993a,b
NOTES
Brushstrokes in radiant yellow, brilliant blue, and other bold colors tangle together, forming a harmonious composition on two white canvases left unprimed. The broad sweeps, strokes, and drips are arranged into an abstract landscape that Joan Mitchell titled "Ici," French for “here.” A secondgeneration Abstract Expressionist painter, Mitchell received a fellowship to study in France from 1948 to 1949. She returned to France in 1969, settling in Vétheuil, the former home of Impressionist Claude Monet, from 1878 until 1881. Although Mitchell painted Ici in France shortly before her death in 1992, the very location of this abstracted landscape is left open for interpretation, since “here” could be anywhere.
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