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The Family

Alice Neel American

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Two works titled The Family from 1927, are among the relatively few works on paper to survive a devastating fire set by Kenneth Doolittle in 1934. These watercolors speak to Neel’s fascination with the home as a stage for some of life’s most private dramas, both physical and emotional. They feature Neel and her first daughter, Santillana, who would die from diphtheria in late 1927. In one, they appear with Santillana’s father,Carlos Enríquez, and in the other they are joined by Neel’s parents and brother.

The Family, Alice Neel (American, Merion Square, Pennsylvania 1900–1984 New York), Watercolor on paper

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