ALICE NEEL + Your Soul Collection
AT HOME ART DATE | watch review observe + sketch
Like Chekhov, I am a collector of souls... if I hadn't been an artist, I could have been a psychiatrist. -- Alice Neel
Alice Neel is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's most important American figurative painters. Neel's ability to paint persons around her with unwavering truth, honesty, and compassion shines through in her paintings. Her paintings are honest, sensitive, and, at times, hilarious, addressing political and social concerns both openly and subtly. She is praised for capturing the essence of a person while also representing the period in which she lived. She was born in Pennsylvania, in 1900, and died in New York in 1984.
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(element one) WATCH Alice Neel interviewed by Johnny Carson here.
(element two) REVIEW Alice Neel’s website and artwork here.
(element three) OBSERVE + SKETCH Now that we are more able to go to public places go to a public place and pick one person to watch -- don’t be too obvious. Sleuth their life story from their appearance. When you get home try to sketch or doodle their essence, their soul. Let them into your home to roam.
How does it feel to make such an intimate appraisal of a stranger's life?
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
Please share your image with friends. Take a photo and share it on social media. Try always to share your art no matter how messy.
I hope you find Alice Neel + Your Soul Collection to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
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