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July 13, 2009

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Lovely, Emma. Just what I needed to read today, especially this: "I wanted to close the blinds against the glare of July, sit in a cool, dark room, and see with Mitchell's eyes: her dogs, her sky, the importance she placed on the 'feeling of a dying sunflower.'"

Glad to see you blogging here!

Susan

Thanks, Susan. I must say it doesn't surprise me that you too are a JM fan. I only wish I would have seen that retrospective of her work that was traveling around a few years ago...

Joan Mitchell's "La Grande vallee, no. 9" is sublime. Thank you for posting it and the other works by this wonderful painter. Vincent Katz curated an exhibition that included some of JM's works maybe nine or ten years ago at NYU's Gray Art Center. Did you see it?

And doesn't Matisse paint like a happy man?

David, I'm didn't see the exhibit at the Gray Art Center; I've only seen a few of her paintings in person. But I'm hopeful.
And yes, Matisse paints happy. There's solitude in his work but also contentment.

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