Cover image for Alice Neel
Alice Neel
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984.
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with Philadelphia Museum of Art, [2000]

Physical Description:
198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y., and four other institutions between June 29, 2000 and Dec. 30, 2001.
Added Corporate Author:


Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
ND237.N43 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



Alice Neel is regarded as one of the 20th century's most original portraitists. Her psycholological vision as a painter has described as both tender and unforgiving. Accompanying a major retrospective exhibition, this book contains 75 of her paintings and watercolours.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

About half of her career, the superior figurative painter Neel (1900-84) found herself working against the tide of abstractionism, producing searing portraitsDimages of souls, largely acquaintances and friends. She specialized in the nude portraitDincluding one that revealed her at the age of 80Dbroadcasting the stark personal traits of each sitter: vulnerability, frank sexuality, open aggression, and the demonic. This exhibit catalog of the proud feminist's work accompanies a centennial show traveling from New York to Andover, MA, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis in the coming year. With 224 illustrations, 86 in color, and essays by curators from various museum venues, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date view of her work, complementing Pamela Allara's biography, Pictures of People (Univ. Pr. of New England, 1998), and several filmed interviews, including Alice Neel, Painter (1989). Highly recommended for most collections.DMary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson Univ., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Generously illustrated, this catalog accompanies the exhibition of works by Neel on the centennial of her birth. The exhibition was fittingly organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located in the city of her birth. The 76 plates are as colorful as the life the book describes; the colors, although not always bright, are always interesting. Three essays by notable writers are included; the first describes the artistic influences on Neel's work, and the second describes the people who had an impact on it. The third essay, the least interesting and most verbose, examines the men who influenced her work and career. These essays are followed by a roundtable discussion including a number of the sitters for Neel's portraits. The exhibition checklist holds informative details to assist the viewer. Most impressive is the illustrated chronology; written in narrative format, it includes quotes from the artist, published reviews, and commentary from others who played a role in her life. The catalog concludes with the requisite exhibition listing and selected bibliography, both particularly helpful to the researcher. Overall, Neel's life story, spanning the century, makes for fascinating reading. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. A. Calluori Holcombe; Kansas State University