Monday hero: Alice Neel

Last night I saw Alice Neel's work again briefly in an art programme on television.

Alice Neel (1900-1984) was an American portrait painter.

Her work is intriguing because it is far from pretty, and proportions just don't seem right a lot of the time.

Nevertheless this way of painting -Neel was a follower of the Ashcan School of Realism- works very well especially in her portraits of children. There is nothing sweet about them, but they are honest.


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