City Landscape

Joan Mitchell1955

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

A member of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, Joan Mitchell was known for painting big, light-filled abstractions, animated by loosely applied skeins of bright color, infused with the energy and excitement of a large metropolis. In "City Landscape", a tangle of pale pink, scarlet, mustard, sienna, and black hues threatens to coagulate or erupt. The title suggests that this ganglion of pigments evokes the nerves or arteries of a city. The sense of spontaneity conveyed in "City Landscape" belies Mitchell’s methods. Unlike many of her contemporaries, who were dubbed action painters, Mitchell worked slowly and deliberately. “I paint a little,” she said. “Then I sit and look at the painting, sometimes for hours. Eventually, the painting tells me what to do.”

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  • Title: City Landscape
  • Creator: Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992)
  • Date Created: 1955
  • Physical Dimensions: 203.2 x 203.2 cm (80 x 80 in.), unframed
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Oil on linen
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Society for Contemporary American Art, 1958.193
  • Artist: Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992)


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