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Joan Mitchell
Biography
1925
Born on February 12 in Chicago, Illinois to James Herbert Mitchell and Marion Strobel Mitchell.
1942-1944
Attended Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts, studying English literature. Visited Oxbow art colony in Saugatuck, Michigan in the summers of 1942 and 1943.
1944-1947
Transferred to The Art Institute of Chicago and received her B.F.A.
1947
Moved to New York and began exhibiting alongside other New York School artists. She attended Hans Hofmann's classes and was particularly influenced by the de Kooning's gestural approach to painting.
1948
Traveling fellowship to France, Italy and Spain.
1949
Married Barney Rosset on September 10 while in France.
1950
Received her M.F.A. from The Art Institute of Chicago.
1951
Studied French at New York University and art history at Columbia University.
1952
Mitchell and Rosset get divorced.
1959
Moved to Paris, France.
1968
Moved to a country house in Vétheuil, near Paris, France.
1982
First American woman to have a solo exhibit at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
1988
First retrospective exhibition, organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
1992
Died on October 30, 1992 in Paris.
2002
Major New York retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.
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