How Alice Neel revived portraiture

By Douglas Britt

Alice Neel – a portrait painter during an era when portraiture was considered obsolete – was heading into old age by the time she began to enjoy some recognition in the 1960s, and her reputation has grown steadily ever since. Marlene Dumas, a figurative painter whose career has benefited from Neel’s trailblazing, first stumbled across a Neel reproduction as an art student during the 1970s. Dumas grasped as well as anyone what made Neel unique, and she writes about it in the catalog for Alice Neel: Painted Truths, a knockout of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read whole article. Paula writes; I have written several times to her estate, would love to feature her inspiring work on our site but have had no reply.
Oct 27, 2010

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