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“You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is.. unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far. …”
"The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world, and I could do what I liked in it."
... one of the great American painters of the 20th century.... a pioneer among women artists. http://www.aliceneel.com/home/
...an unshakable original, witnessed a parade of avant-garde movements from Abstract Expressionism to Conceptual Art, and refused to follow any of them. Instead, she developed a unique... http://www.theartstory.org/artist-neel-alice.htm
"her daring portraits of people and places are among the most insightful images in 20th-c. American art.
...She was steadfast in depicting the world around her with compassion, acuity, and freedom. In her works she openly displayed her empathy for her subjects--from her young sons and her aging mother to left-wing activists. Paintings of her neighbors in Spanish Harlem employ humor and insight to great effect, in portraits that are both tender and unforgiving. These canvases range from close likeness to unconventional compositions that Neel invented from memory.
...With the new century comes a reevaluation of the modernist canon, which often emphasized abstraction at the expense of adventurous figurative artists. Neel's revolutionary portraits such as the defiant pose of her young daughter Isabetta, the poignant picture of Andy Warhol, and her own self-portrait at the age of 80 remain audacious images today. http://www.walkerart.org/archive/2/AC73E178D65785B96165.htm
... one of the most important American portrait painters of the 20th century. During her decades-long career, Neel resisted the fashionable avant-garde art movements of the era that favored abstraction or... (http://crystalbridges.org/blog/crystal-bridges-announces-alice-neel-acquisition-and-members-preview/)