More Alice Neel
When I went to see the Nevelson show a few weeks ago, I also went to an exhibit of Alice Neel drawings in a gallery nearby. I had been working on drawing family groups, and I knew she often used her own family as subjects.
I was surprised to see that she sometimes used markers for her drawings. The couple above is quite large, probably 18 x 24 inches.
I liked this early figure study, showing the subject in a few different outfits, at different angles.
Another early drawing looks like it may have been done on a paper bag.
This sweet early watercolor portrays her mother with her daughter.
And here’s a simple watercolor landscape, also done when she was young.
Later watercolors are also worked in different ways. The woman appears to be first drawn in pencil and colored in with paint; the sisters were done as part of an integrated, painted scene.
Neel also occasionally worked in pastel.
Her imagined figural scenes contain lots of emotional impact.
The variety and depth of Alice Neel’s drawings are an inspiration and a reminder to stay open and flexible. And to always keep exploring.