Alice Neel's portraits gripped me as an undergraduate painting student. The story of her life is even more gripping to me as an adult: a relentlessly productive artist who painted from life when it was unfashionable, and did so over decades, through broken relationships, poverty and single motherhood to finally be recognized as one of the 20ths century's great artists at the age of 74. Her singleminded persistance over time is a beacon.
"Look up Alice Neel".
Was one of the many (many) helpful directives given to me by Professor Bill Paul while I was stydying painting at the University of Georgia. In researching this talk I discovered that Neel cites Bill Paul, as the reason for painting her unforgettable self portrait. Thats one more thing I thank you for Professor!
The Artists Loop presents the Life and Process of American painter Alice Neel at the Rochambeau Library Monday January 13 at 6:30 PM. We will look at slides and talk about the powerful personality behind some of the most important painting of the 20th century; a story of heartbreak, trial, sucess, workworkwork over time- and great pictures too.
The program is free and open to the public.