Cheim & Read will present a group of important historical works by Alice Neel, with a focus on her early work, beginning in 1928 with Requiem, a watercolour she made shortly after her move from Havana to New York and the tragic death of her first, infant daughter in 1927.
Though active and established in New York, it would not be until the rise of Feminism in the 1970s when Neel would receive her due with a 1974 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This early body of work is essential to the artist’s development of her signature mark-making and irreverent style.
Throughout her life, Neel’s paintings changed dramatically in terms of style and subject matter. Neel paints views out her Spanish Harlem apartment window, sweeping seascapes, and images of New York street life in addition to her iconic portraits.