The Kick-About #5 ‘Symbols’

The responses to Alice Neel’s painting provide another inspiring look at the creative process.

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With Jean Cocteau as our guest referee, little wonder the Kick-About #4 was a game of magical doorways, shadowy thresholds and nebulous reflections. This time we have Alice Neel as our muse, whose uncompromising paintings have, hardly surprisingly, prompted a range of provocative impressions from our motley crew of up-for-it creatives. Happy browsing.


Eleanor Spence-Welch

“This painting really intrigued me, so I took time to read about the story behind it and the symbolism within it. Alice Neel painted Symbols in response to her husband leaving her, taking their daughter with him. When I look at the doll and glove on the table, I see things that were left behind by the daughter when she left, little items that were once insignificant, now a symbol of what has been lost. There are discussions on how the inclusion of the cross and apples represent Eve, perhaps suggesting Neel sees herself…

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2 responses to “The Kick-About #5 ‘Symbols’”

  1. philgomm says :

    Thanks Kerfe – thanks for the prompt, thanks for taking part and taking the lead always, and thanks for sharing with your followers on here… still no painted stones though… hmmmm, I wonder if ‘A Field Guide To Getting Lost’ might be the perfect fit for some trails and pathways of patterned pebbles…!?

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