Joan Mitchell, a prominent figure among the second-generation Abstract Expressionists, established her artistic reputation during the 1950s with sumptuously colored gestural paintings. The images in her work, painted from memory, have consistently been abstracted from the natural world. La Seine is the first of a series of six paintings called the La Seine series. It was her first panoramic painting executed after she moved from Paris in 1954. She has painted La Seine with radiant colors, especially varied shades of blue, green, red, yellow, and black. At the bottom of the picture, energetic, flickering brushstrokes and small areas of dark, rubbed-in color evoke a restless feeling. At the top, misty white areas seem to allow the painting to breathe again. Reproduction of this image, including downloading, is prohibited without written authorization from the Estate of the Artist or by calling the Curatorial and Tour Services Office at 518-473-7521.