Alice Neel - Collector of souls

00:06:40 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
American artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) was above all a portrait painter or, as she herself put it, a ‘collector of souls’.
Alice Neel

Alice Neel (1900 – 1984) was an American visual artist, who was particularly well known for oil painting and for her portraits depicting friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers.

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Neel painted the people around her, from her children and lovers to MoMA curator Frank O’Hara, fellow artists and the flamboyant characters associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory. Her style not only captured the outward appearance of her subjects, but also their mood, their inner uncertainty or private vanity.

“I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I’m not working I’m still analysing people.” – Alice Neel

Alice Neel is now regarded as one of the most important painters of the twentieth century and a source of inspiration for contemporary artists, including Marlene Dumas, Rinus Van de Velde and Elizabeth Peyton. Nevertheless, she remains relatively unknown in the Netherlands. The Gemeentemuseum hopes to change this by staging the first major retrospective of her work in this country.

Alice Neel - Collector of Souls 
5 November 2016 – 12 February 2017 
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Video credits

  • Film: Mr. Frank / Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
  • With special thanks to: Marlene Dumas, Rinus Van de Velde, Jeremy Lewison, The Estate of Alice Neel and all museums, galleries, foundations and collectors, and all those wishing to remain anonymous, who have generously lent their works.
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