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.
Alice Neel: Self Portrait age 80, 1980.
Alice Neel: Hartley and Ginny, 1970.