137
137
Alice Neel
GUY'S AUNT
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
137
Alice Neel
GUY'S AUNT
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

|
New York

Alice Neel
1900 - 1984
GUY'S AUNT
signed
oil on canvas
40 by 30 in. 101.6 by 76.2 cm.
Executed in 1965.
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Estate of the artist
Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013

Catalogue Note

"In depicting old age, Neel did not flinch from an honest account of the ravages of time and the presence of death. Arthritic hands, wrinkled faces, exhausted expressions, and sagging protuberances all feature in Neel's portraits of the elderly. Misquoting a statement by Cézanne, she remarked: 'And guess what he said: 'I love to paint people who have grown old naturally in the country.' But you know what I say? 'I love to paint people torn by all the things that they are torn by today in the rat race in New York.'"
Jeremy Lewison, "Showing the Barbarity of Life: Alice Neel's Grotesque," in Exh. Cat., Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Alice Neel: Painted Truths, 2017, p. 51 

Contemporary Art Day Auction

|
New York