Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to feature Alice Neel ~ ‘Painted Truths’ a Retrospective


Alice Neel, (American, 1900-84) - 9th Avenue EL, 1935 - Oil on canvas. Private Collection. Courtesy Cheim & Read, NY - © Estate of Alice Neel

HOUSTON, TX.- 68 paintings by Alice Neel, the indomitable
20th-century portrait painter who captured the character of her time and the
gamut of New York life over seven decades, will be on view in Alice Neel:
Painted Truths at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, starting March 21,
Committed to portraiture throughout her life, an era when the
genre was considered practically obsolete, Neel captured both the physical
likenesses and the psychological essences of her sitters in bold, sometimes
searing paintings. Neel painted neighbors in her gritty Manhattan district and
members of the art-world elite, as well as her lovers, friends and children.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths is the first major museum exhibition of Neel´s work
in ten years, and the first to present her work in Europe. The show
examines Neel´s oeuvre from a highly focused perspective, showcasing masterworks
culled from the 1920s to the 1980s. Along with her famous portraits, a section
of the show will also be devoted to her lesser-known cityscapes that document
tenement life from the inside.