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The papers of New York painter Alice Neel measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1933 to 1983. The bulk of the collection documents the last fifteen years of Neel's career as an artist. Found within the papers are letters from galleries, museums, and art organizations; writings and notes by Neel; exhibition catalogs, clippings, and other printed material; and photographs depicting Neel, exhibitions, and her artwork.
Alice Neel papers, 1933-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reel 4964 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing, microfilming, and cataloging was provided by the Bay Foundation.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are printed material on Romare Bearden, Alice Neel, and Howard Newman, 1975-1990, compiled by Dennis Florio, and a videorecording of "Art and Alice Neel," 1975, recorded as part of University of Georgia Television station WGTV's "Forum" program.
Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a portrait painter from New York, N.Y. Neel studied painting at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now the Moore College of Art) from 1921-1925. After living briefly in Havana, Cuba, she settled in New York City in 1927. She participated in various Federal Art Projects during the 1930s, painting scenes of urban poverty and developing her distinctive portrait style. Neel received an honorary doctorate from the Moore College of Art in 1971.
Donated 1974-1983 by Alice Neel.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001