Animated Series

The story of Joan Mitchell
Little Stories of Great Women Artists

Little Stories of Great Women Artists is an original project of playful and educational animated videos for children from the age of 7 and older. The objective of each episode? To shed light on the life and work of a woman artist from the 19th or 20th century in a three-minutes video. Imagined by screenwriter Sophie Caron, each story conveys the originality of an artist’s approach, their importance within an artistic movement, certain significant biographical stories, as well as difficulties that the artist may have encountered in her practice.

In a landscape where children’s publications and activities about art privilege male artists, this new and unique project intends for younger audiences to be able to identify important figures beyond all gender stereotypes. Through the discovery of these women artists, we hope to invite as many people as possible to discover the emotion that art can bring.

This new episode takes us from the United States to France, retracing the life and work of Joan Mitchell.

She was born in 1925 and grew up in the Great Lakes region near Chicago. She has strong memories of these landscapes. From the age of eleven, she was writing poems and painting. She realized she had to choose between the two mediums.

After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and spending a year in Paris, she moved to New York, where she rubbed shoulders with the New York avant-garde scene and became part of the Abstract Expressionist movement. This movement is characterized by the vivid expression of paint on canvas, in which color, material and the artist’s gesture stand out.

Later, she became increasingly isolated, painting landscapes in the solitude of her studio in Vétheuil.

This project is made possible by the support of the Délégation à la transmission, aux territoires et à la démocratie culturelle of the Ministry of Culture, and the Fondation ENGIE.

Coordination : Mathilde de Croix with the AWARE team.
Screenwriter: Sophie Caron.
Illustrator: Louise Nelson.
Sound and image Editor: Hugo July.
Voice: Melha Mammeri Bossard.

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