Alice Neel

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Birthday
28, 1900
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 13, 1984 (84)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
28, 1900
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 13, 1984 (84)

About

Influential figurative painter whose emotionally intense portraits express her subjects' inner lives. Her 1935 painting "Alice Neel And John Rothschild In The Bathroom" exemplifies the subversive, sexual themes that pervaded her work.

Before Fame

She attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women so as to avoid being tempted by the opposite sex. She worked a clerical job to support her family and to save money for art school.

Trivia

She painted portraits of friends, lovers, Communist Party officials, and complete strangers.

Family Life

Her family had very traditional views: her mother told her that she shouldn't expect much from life since she was born a girl. The death of her one-year-old daughter from diphtheria greatly influenced her work.

Associated With

She and Albert Ryder were both American painters.