Painter Joan Mitchell Finally Gets Her Due in New Alfred A. Knopf Book by Patricia Albers

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NEW YORK, NY (AP).- “Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Patricia Albers: At age 12, Joan Mitchell decided to be a painter. She had shown a flair for writing and for painting, but her father made her choose between the two, warning against being a dilettante. He needn’t have worried — Joan turned out to be as driven as he was. When Mitchell died in 1992 at age 67, her paintings sold for millions and belonged to major art museums. But her fame came at a terrible price. A lifelong alcoholic, Mitchell was a nasty drunk, brawling with lovers until she was black and blue. Reckless, promiscuous and self-destructive, she wanted children yet had several abortions because she believed motherhood was incompatible with a career. Art historian Patricia Albers, who spent eight years on this