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Mitchell lived in France when she painted Tilleul, titled after the French word for linden tree. There was a majestic linden tree in the courtyard outside her home in Vétheuil. This tree was an integral part of her daily landscape, and served as an inspiration for more than a dozen paintings and works on paper with this same title. This particular Tilleul painting is unique in its use of golden, radiant yellows—a color Mitchell associated with hope.