American painter Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 – October 13, 1984) focused her practice from the 20s to the 80s on portraits of friends, family, lovers, neighbors and the artists, misfits and creative types that surrounded her from Havana, Cuba to Spanish Harlem. Her portraits from the 70s, which she painted in her 70s are particularly poignant, with the soulful expression of the subjects and the strong use of color and lines. While very much representative of the time, the clothing style and striped patterns repeated throughout still look very contemporary today.

David Zwirner who represents the Alice Neel Estate, has an exhibition opening today, Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978, which will be up at the gallery until April 18th.


tumblr_mbzmq5EZn21qh69b2o1_1280Alice Neel: Dana Gordon, 1972


fc4d59b078647249324c4a0ee06428a5-1Alice Neel: Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd, 1970.The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna Jr.


Andy+WarholAlice Neel: Andy Warhol, 1970.Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of Timothy Collins


tumblr_nakdjxq5uE1qljreuo1_1280Alice Neel: David Bourdon and Gregory Battcock, 1970. University of Texas, Austin


Alice_Neel_Portrait_of_William_D_PaulAlice Neel: Portrait of William D. Paul Jr, 1975.


fig008Alice Neel: Ginny and Elizabeth, 1975.  © Estate of Alice Neel



Alice Neel: Self Portrait age 80, 1980.


60 x 40 inches Oil on CanvasAlice Neel: Ginny in Striped Shirt, 1969. Private Collection


Alice Neel: Hartley and Ginny, 1970.

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