Oil on canvas
Unframed: 194.3 x 113.8 cm (76 1/2 x 44 13/16 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.172
© Estate of Joan Mitchell
Mitchell’s beloved dogs were the only visitors permitted in her studio while she painted.
Named after a picturesque village in central France where Mitchell made a summertime visit, Gouise is an exuberant celebration of nature. Featuring vibrant colors, swirling forms, and lush textures, its large abstract composition evokes a sunlit garden in dazzling bloom. Rather than copy a specific scene, the artist rendered the rural landscape filtered through memory and sensation.
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