Sunflower VI
1972
35.5" x 25"
Framed: 37" x 26.25"
Works on Paper, Etching , edition 18/75
signed and numbered 18/75 in pencil
"Sunflowers are something I feel very intensively. They look so wonderful when young and they are so moving when they are dying. I don’t like fields of sunflowers. I like them alone or, of course, painted by Van Gogh." - Joan Mitchell

* her quote on how she experiences sunflowers: ‘Conversations with Joan Mitchell’, Yves Michaud, 1986; as quoted in ‘Joan Mitchell: New Paintings’, ed. Xavier Fourcade, New York 1986, n.p.

About the Artist
(1925 - 1992)
Joan Mitchell was born and received her art education in Chicago. In 1948 she visited France for a year before moving to New York, where Mitchell became a young leader in the Abstract Expressionist scene. Mitchell was well connected with New York School artists and poets.

Klaus Kertess admiringly writes of Mitchell, “She transformed the gestural painterliness of Abstract Expressionism into a vocabulary so completely her own that it could become ours as well. And her total absorption of the lessons of Matisse and van Gogh led to a mastery of color inseparable from the movement of light and paint. Her ability to reflect the flow of her consciousness in that of nature, and in paint, is all but unparalleled.”

The artist's legacy is preserved by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.