Joan Mitchell on How to Be an Artist

“Abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchel always spoke her mind, no matter the scenario. “They call me sauvage [“wild”] in Europe, ’cause I’m direct and I say what I think,” she told director Marion Cajori in the 1992 documentary Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter. “And you’re not supposed to. You’re supposed to be diplomatic, which I call hypocrisy, lying really.”