"Like most of Mitchell's art since the early 1960s, these pastels are informed, but not representationally formed, by nature. They give body to memories of deep visual and emotional sensations cued by her responses to nature. More often than not, her variegated strokes of unbroken color and energy reflect, in some way, the light and vegetation of her garden in Vétheuil, with its view of the Seine and the surrounding fields. But they might occasionally call to the more sizzling clarities of Cézanne's Provence or to the landscape of Mitchell's childhood."
Klaus Kertess in Exh. Cat., New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Joan Mitchell: Pastel, 1992, n.p.