Thursday, March 8, 2018

Joan Mitchell: Returned, 1975

Bill and I were looking at the Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation exhibition at the AGO. Mitchell's Returned (Canada series), from 1975, stopped us in our tracks.
What a beautiful painting! Unusually calm for her work. And those warm, creamy pastels!
We had a slow, careful look at each of the four panels.
So gorgeous. Suggesting alternatively landscape and still life.
The wall text says that these panels represent her "memory" of the Canadian landscape.
What a nice idea -- to paint a memory!
Wall text also says that Mitchell gave this painting to her partner, Riopelle, and that for some reason he gave it back to her. Wonder what the story is on that? Going to have to find a good biography.

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