Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001. First Edition Softcover. Large Octavo. (30cm x 22cm) 198pp. ills. Color illustrated cardstock wrappers. Yellow spine with titles in black. Verso in orange. Fine. Item #229
Now recognized as one of the most original and important American painters in the last 50 years, Alice Neel struggled for decades to find an audience. Neel lived for many years, like many of her portrait subjects, close to the edges of poverty and obscurity. Neel's humanism and social consciousness informed her work as she painted portraits of important artists as well as complete strangers with the same amount of gravity and artistic truth found only in the works of the great masters. By the 1970s, for the first time in her already long career, Neel was finally "discovered". Museums and collectors alike now covet (at great prices) the acquisition of an Alice Neel painting. This catalog, published in connection with a travelling exhibition of her work between 2000 and 2001, features more than seventy color reproductions, most full page, of her paintings spanning from her earliest work in the 1920s until her 1970s renaissance.