Currently on View in K405
Areas of heavily applied yellow, red, blue, and green paint vibrate behind and on top of a primarily white canvas. The title, Diabolo (neige et fleurs), refers to snow (neige) and flowers (fleurs) in French, evoking an abstract winter landscape in which bright flowers emerge from under a blanket of snow.
Like Lee Krasner (whose work Towards One is on view in this gallery), Joan Mitchell was one of only a few female Abstract Expressionist artists. Mitchell, too, emerged as a principal figure, achieving recognition for her expansive, intense, and emotionally charged paintings. Her dynamic compositions and impasto paint reveal the presence of the artist, calling the viewer’s attention to the physical act of painting.
Ann M. and Chris Stack, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998.