Thursday, September 8, 2011

pleased to meet you:

picture of Alice // 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
fun facts:
born in Pennsylvania in 1900.
attended Philly School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design).
took a summer course in portraiture, where she met her future Cuban husband Carlos Enriquez.
when, as she put it, "they expelled [Carlos] for not doing much more than taking evening walks with me, I left also"*.
has a nervous breakdown and later attempts suicide after her husband and second daughter leave for Paris (not enough money for all to travel together).
trouble starts with Carlos and Alice's relationship. She starts dating Kenneth Doolittle, a seaman.
in a rage, Kenneth burns more than 300 of Neel's drawings and watercolors and slashed more than 50 oil paintings. (!!!) Alice moves out...
her beliefs sided with the Communist party, although she was never an official member.
by the mid 1970s, Neel had gained stature an important American artist and became an icon for feminism.
she painted Andy Warhol's portrait.
she lived until she was 84.

she had an eventful life, that Alice...I'd like to see this documentary about her.

what do you think about her art? like or no?

*Patricia Hills, Alice Neel, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983, p. 17


Kit said...

have always loved her portraits; fantastic painter, IMHO. Thanks for the interesting factoids, too.

Anna said...

I honestly hadn't heard of her until this I did this post. I'm a big fan now...thanks for stopping by Kit!