Unlike many society portraitists, Alice Neel was intent to capture her subject’s inner spirit, not their ideal likeness. Executed in 1977, Henry and Sally Hope is a vibrant, quintessential example of Neel’s prowess for psychological portraiture. The work’s subjects, acclaimed art critic Dr. Hope and his wife, Sally, were fervent supporters of the arts, amassing a collection that demonstrated their modern and eclectic tastes. Henry and Sally Hope is a highlight of the upcoming Contemporary Art Day Auction, taking place live in New York on 13 May.
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In Vibrant Tones, Alice Neel Captures Her Subject’s Spirits
New York | 13 May