I carry my landscapes around with me....
- Joan Mitchel...

The Last Decade,” an exhibition of fourteen paintings
by Joan Mitchell produced during the last ten years of her life.
November 13 - December 23, 2010

Then, Last Time IV, 1985

A day once dawned, and it was beautiful
A day once dawned from the ground

Then the night she fell
And the air was beautiful
The night she fell all around

So look see the days, The endless colored ways
Go play the game that you learnt

From the morning

via here....
(nick drake)

Sunflowers, 1990-1991

"...and like van Gogh, who painted his iconic sunflowers following his move from Paris to Arles, Mitchell began to paint sunflowers when she relocated from Paris to the Seine valley, where they thrive.

Sunflowers (1990–1991), a lushly hued diptych on unprimed canvas, she captures both the sense of promise that the flowers inspired in her, together with the intimation of their limited lifespan. During the last ten years of her life, she frequently revisited this motif, commenting that she wanted her paintings "to convey the feeling of the dying sunflower."

from the Gagosian press release here..

Yves, 1991, oil on canvas

Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1925 and studied at Smith College and The Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to France in the late 1950s and in 1967 she settled in Vetheuil, where she lived until her death in 1992.