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Alice Neel's Women Paperback – November 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (November 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847824802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847824809
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Instantly recognizable near-grotesques, Neel's portraits may not be quite flattering, but they are always revealing, of subjects and the psycho-cultural space they inhabit. Collected here by Carr, deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery, these 125 crisply reproduced color plates draw an intense power via their restriction to women and girls: one can feel the artist meditating on (and sometimes seething about) what it means to be a woman. A portrait of the artist Isabel Bishop shows her in a simple blue wool dress, looking wryly askance. "Isabetta" shows a naked, pre-pubescent girl standing and staring directly at the viewer, like a powerfully defetishized Balthus. The paintings are organized by subject ("Mother and Child," "Pose," "Children," "Nudes") rather than chronology, and it's a decision that works-Neel's deliberate looks come across clearly through repetition of gesture and posture. Anyone turned off by Neel (1900-1984), should take a second look via this book; fans looking for a concentrated dose of Neel at her best should look no further.Matisse-Picasso exhibit, opening in New York in February.
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"That [Alice Neel] was the finest portraitist of the twentieth-century seems beyond controversy."--James Gardener, New York Post

"Sexually candid and socially inclusive, Alice Neel's paintings were often ahead of her time."--Raphael Rubinstein, Art in America

"Preeminent as a portrait painter, Alice Neel is also notable as one of the most important women artists of her time."--Linda Chase, Naples Museum of Art

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By Patti G. Ettinger on July 4, 2013
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I'd taken this book out of the library 5 times and finally felt I had to have a copy of my own. I am a painter and refer to it often for inspiration.
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By Maija Veide on September 25, 2014
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Neel's incisive portraits reveal the inner soul.
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