Flower I, 1981

Joan Mitchell
Flower I, 1981
color lithograph printed from four aluminium plates Crayon on white, wove, machine mould made, Arches 88 paper
Image size: 40 x 30 inches, Sheet size: 42 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches, Framed size: 52 ½ x 42 ¼ inches

‘Bedford’ series 1981
Signed and numbered in pencil (at lower right): Joan Mitchell 68/70
The TGL chop [hexagon] is embossed lower right corner

Edition: edition of 70 plus 16AP, SP, RTP, PPI, PPII, A, C
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Published in New York in 1981

Printed in four colors, yellow-ocher, orange-red, dark gray-green and black.

According to Tyler graphics notes, preparation work for continuous-tone lithography was done by Kenneth Tyler. Lee Funderburg worked on the plate preparation and processing and Roger Campbell, Funderburg and Tyler all proofed. The edition printing was done by Campbell and Funderburg.

Literature:    Catalogue Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1981.

Flower I is considered one of the most successful of the 1981 Bedford Series collaborations between Joan Mitchell, the artist and Ken Tyler, the printmaker. Flower I is has the same powerful, explosive quality of Mitchell’s best paintings. It is simultaneously expressive and richly colored.

About the Artist

Joan Mitchell stands out as the most important woman in the American Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and 50s, exhibiting alongside titans Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman. Mitchell was born in Illinois, and studied at Smith College. On a scholarship trip to Europe in the late 1940s, Mitchell began a passionate and life-long affair with France, and divided the rest of her time between homes there and in New York.

Mitchell’s work, although abstract, is grounded and inspired in landscape. Her work reflects the influence of Monet, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. As a result, her paintings have an organic flow to them, the seemingly scattered paint alluding to nature’s equally nuanced order.

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