My Landscape II
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
Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Da...