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Untitled (Alice Neel and John Rothschild in the Bathroom)

Alice Neel American

Not on view

Untitled and Alienation (also in this exhibition) exemplify one of Neel’s greatest strengths as an artist: her candor and honesty, especially when it came to sex, sexuality, and the intricacies of human relationships. Each work presents Neel with her lover John Rothschild, seen at two moments in one year of their long affair and shorn of all romantic sentiment. The scenes are rendered with an extreme delicacy of line and shading that lend them an abstract quality.

Untitled (Alice Neel and John Rothschild in the Bathroom), Alice Neel (American, Merion Square, Pennsylvania 1900–1984 New York), Watercolor on paper

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