Bedford Series

Sides of a River II

(American, 1925–1992)
Sheet: 108 x 82.6 cm (42 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.)
© Estate of Joan Mitchell
Catalogue raisonné: 367:JM5
Edition: 39/70
Impression: 39
Location: not on view
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To make this print, Mitchell painted clear sheets of Mylar, which allowed her to layer colors for printing and retain a sense of immediacy.


Abstract painter Joan Mitchell’s monumental lithographs convey her experience of the landscape and combine the complexity, intensity, and fluidity of abstracted lines that are fundamental to her work. In this lithograph, part of her Bedford series, 1981, heavily abstracted, dense bands of colorretain traces of the natural world, which can be seen as riverbanks. The expressive, gestural color marks are balanced by the white of the sheet, which also acts as the source of light or reflection off the water.
Sides of a River II

Sides of a River II


Joan Mitchell, Tyler Graphics Ltd.

(American, 1925–1992)
America, 20th century

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