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Alice Neel

American Painter

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Born: January 28, 1900 - Merion Square, Pennsylvania

Died: October 13, 1984 - New York, NY

"The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world, and I could do what I liked in it. "

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Alice Neel, an unshakable original, witnessed a parade of avant-garde movements from Abstract Expressionism to Conceptual Art, and refused to follow any of them. Instead, she developed a unique, expressive style of portrait painting that captured the psychology of individuals living in New York, from friends and neighbors in Spanish Harlem to celebrities. Part of what makes Neel one of the greatest American portraitists of the 20th century is her refusal of traditional categories (gender, age race, social status, etc.). She does not presume what she does not know. She observes each subject with a fresh eye. Neel's insights into the human condition never wavered, remaining direct, unflinching, and always empathetic.

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