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Alice Neel: Freedom

"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Alice Neel: Freedom (2019), this catalogue focuses on the radical candor of the artist’s depiction of the nude figure. The essays and reproductions powerfully attest to how Neel powerfully transformed naked flesh into an occasion for psychological and emotional investigation."
- Lauren Palmor, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, American Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

One of the foremost American figurative painters of the 20th century, Alice Neel (1900–84) was a humanist―she was fascinated by people. Known for her daringly honest portraits, Neel loved to paint people in all their complexities―to penetrate and reveal their fears and anxieties. She also loved to paint the unadorned human figure. Her nudes, in particular, explore the body with frankness while celebrating the individuality of each of her subjects, and they exemplify the freedom and courage with which she approached her work and her life.

Through her paintings and works on paper, Neel was able to free herself from the expected inhibitions and crippling taboos that were placed on women and focus on the beauty and nuanced complexity of flesh and the human body. In their mastery of form, color and implied social commentary, her nudes are as relevant today as when they were painted. Hardcover, 96 pages.

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