Alice Neel Portraits

Alice Neel Portraits
Speaking about interpretation of Alice Neel’s self portray, we should take into consideration the time period this painting dates back to. It is the last quarter of the 20th century, – 1980. This factor became the decisive in understanding the picture. Female imagery of the different epochs was intended to show the beauty of the female nude body: the slight moment of her changing beauty. The painters were intended to show them in their beauty. Hence the pictures of the 20th century are pretty different from those of Renaissance period for example. The painters are intended to catch the moment, to show the actual reality. The painter expressed herself in bright and light colors and she is working. She keeps a brush in her right hand and strictly looking at the viewer expressing displeasure of being interrupted. The woman is sitting at the armchair and she is ready to return to her work. We can hardly speak about the beauty, hence the essence of her figure, it natural reflection of the working process and pure displeasure are really attractive. The other picture by this painter is the portrait of her son. His image is very much alike Neel’s portrait: sensual reflection of essence could be seen in every gesture of young man. He is relaxed and seems to think about something. The colors are muffled, and this perfectly assists the idea of the portrait. It seems that a young man is preparing to make a decisive reply or something like. The essence of performance and natural look makes these pictures perfect reflection of the both people emotional state. This reality is a distinctive feature of the European Art in the 20th century.

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