Trees I (Diptych), 1992

Joan Mitchell
Trees I (Diptych), 1992
color lithograph printed from six aluminium plates on two sheets of paper white, wove, machine mould made, Rives BFK paper
Sheet size: 57 1/2 x 41 inches (each), Framed size: Side by side the framed, piece covers 61 x 86 ½ inches

Inscribed and signed in pencil (at lower right): Joan Mitchell 1992 33/34
The TGL chop [hexagon] is embossed lower right corner

Edition: edition of 34 plus 8AP, RTP, PPI, PPII, A, C
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd,
Mount Kisco, New York
Published in New York in 1992

Printed in three colors, red, yellow and black.

According to Tyler graphics notes, preparation work for continuous-tone lithography and preparation of toner crayon drawing material was done by Kenneth Tyler. Tyler and Lee Funderburg worked on the plate preparation and Funderberg was responsible for proofing and edition printing.

Literature: Catalogue Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1992.

Ex. Coll: Private Collection, Midwest until 2017.

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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