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Alice Neel, 1900-1984

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

Call Me Joe, 1955, oil on canvas

An American artist, esteemed for her portraits of family, lovers, friends, poets, artists, and strangers.  In early and mid-century, even though Abstract Expressionists seemed to have derailed figurative drawing as serious art making, Neel remained herself in a return to the figure.

In the last 20 years of her life, she found fame in part because of her colorful personality and her willingness to share her story with audiences across the country.  She had lived in poverty in Spanish Harlem, deserted by her husband, while raising two boys--yet kept on painting.   

In her work, the female body is more real (often nude and pregnant) than idealized, not something to be worshipped or desired;  in fact, she mocked the Renaissance standard of perfect female anatomy.  Her dynamic portraits have a vibrant line, vivid color, and psychological intensity.  She lived life as both the “painting and the painter” (quote from Alice Neel, 1930, typescript, Neel Archives))

Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $15.00

Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm

Date: May 19, 2022

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