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Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992) was a "second generation"abstract expressionist painter and printmaker.
She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler and Sonia Gechtoff, she was one of her era's few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim. Her paintings and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across the United States and Europe.
On 13 May 2014, Mitchell became the most expensive female artist at auction when an untitled abstract dating from 1960 was sold for $11,925,000 at Christie's, New York. The previous record holder had been Berthe Morisot.