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Alice Neel
UNTITLED
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
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131
Alice Neel
UNTITLED
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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Alice Neel
1900 - 1984
UNTITLED
signed
oil on canvas
31 3/8 by 24 in. 79.6 by 61 cm.
Executed circa 1940.
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Provenance

Art Fair Galleries, Larchmont
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

“Neel’s participation in the easel division of the WPA provided her with canvases 24 by 30 inches in size…painters were encouraged to observe and represents facets of American culture, society and history. Arts administrators and artists involved in the formation of the project viewed the inward-looking atmosphere of the national emergency as an opportunity to encourage the creation of an authentically American art…At the end of her life Neel recalled the paintings she made for the WPA followed the same method of inventorying the city that was characteristic of writers and photographers assigned to produce guides to New York: ‘I did all the neighborhoods of New York for the WPA. I would go out in the street and make a little sketch and just write the names of the colors in it and then go home and paint it from memory.'”
Susan Rosenberg and the artist quoted in, “People as Evidence,” in Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Alice Neel, 2000, pp. 36-37

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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