Alice Neel – Douglas Hyde Gallery

First with the news as ever, I eventually got to see the Alice Neel show in the Douglas Hyde Gallery on Saturday. It has been on since early September, but comes down on Wednesday (16th of Oct). This show is part of the sadly departed Dublin Contemporary show, and one I left to the very end, possibly as it was off the beaten track. Luckily I was passing in that direction at the weekend.

Born in Pennsylvanian in 1900, Neel is know for her portraits of family and friends, which are quite crudely drawn but capture your imagination due to the intensity of the image, and impressive use of colour. This show itself has images of women with children, her parents (including her father in a coffin), and many other parts of her day to day life. Most of the images have the same haunting eyes as the piece above (Richard at age 5). It’s worth the effort to see, if you have the opportunity before Wednesday.

Categories: Art

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