Lucky Seven
Date 1962
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 200 x 189 x 4 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-386
Joan Mitchell dominated her technique completely; the brushstrokes, the spatters, the reliefs of the paint itself, the relationship between the background and the surface. She was so demanding of her work materials that she specially commissioned the pigments she used, ground by hand according to traditional techniques. It is impossible to identify what is most important, the chromatic quality or the quality of execution. Instead of painting landscapes as they are seen, she conveyed in them emotions as they are felt. She wrote: ‘I am greatly influenced by what I see outside, the light, the water, the grass, the fields... In my paintings, there are trees, water, grass, flowers, sunflowers, etc., but not directly. And, without doubt, the feelings I have for those things. [...] I often paint at night, but I’m always seeing the landscape’. AC
Galerie Lawrence, Paris; Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, New York (1962); donated to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (1966); acquired in 1994.