- Joan Mitchell, American, 1925–1992
- Oil on canvas
- Made in
- Vétheuil, Île-de-France, France, Europe
- Current Location
- On View, Gallery 253
- 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.
- © Estate of Joan Mitchell
- Object Number
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 second-generation 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.