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My Landscape II

1967 Joan Mitchell Born: Chicago, Illinois 1925 Died: Paris, France 1992 oil on canvas 103 x 71 1/2 in. (261.6 x 181.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.82 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing

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My Landscape II conveys the sense of a tall window flung open to the world outside, but the vantage point is an interior one—literally, as though through a window, and metaphorically, as if envisioned in memory. In 1967, Mitchell bought a two-acre estate on a hillside overlooking the Seine in Vétheuil, about forty miles north of Paris. The view from the house was magnificent—from the narrow terrace, Mitchell could see the river—and the effect on her work was immediate and powerful. She said of Vétheuil, “It’s a secure landscape, not desperate. I’ve chosen one you can live in.”

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
, 2008






paint - oil

fabric - canvas