The Life and Work of Alice Neel

Phoebe Hoban discusses the artist Alice Neel, who was unconventional both in her life and her work. The biography Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the story of Neel’s life and the portraits she painted, which portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age—she painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution, feminism, and the 1980s.

<em>Richard, 1946</em>
Richard, 1946

Oil on canvas
26 x 14 inches
66 x 35.6 cm

( © The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York )
<em>Jackie Curtis and Rita Redd, 1970</em>
Jackie Curtis and Rita Redd, 1970

Oil on canvas
60 x 42 inches
152.4 x 106.7 cm

( © The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York )
<em>The Family (John Gruen, Jane Wilson and Julia), 1970</em>
The Family (John Gruen, Jane Wilson and Julia), 1970

Oil on canvas
58 x 60 inches
147.3 x 152.4 cm

( © The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York )
<em>The Intellectual, 1929</em>
The Intellectual, 1929

Watercolor on paper
10 1/2 x 15 inches
26.7 x 38.1 cm

( © The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York )
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