Joan Mitchell, Ladybug
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Although she is often included in conversations about the Abstract Expressionists, Mitchell in some respects challenged its conventional wisdom. Indeed, she left New York, joining other artists in Paris, including Montreal born painter Jean-Paul Riopelle, her partner of 25 years. While most Abstract Expressionists were devoted to individualistic self-expression, she saw her abstract works as dealing with nature and the outside world. She declared her work was "about landscape, not about me."
“The painting is just a surface to be covered.” – Joan Mitchell