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Elizabeth in a Red Hat

Alice Neel American

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One of Neel’s last works, this portrait of her granddaughter manifests the bold and confident summary style of painting she embraced at the end of her life. A lively flat blue line delineates the counters of Elizabeth’s torso, while simple but energetic staccato brush marks evoke the polka dots on her hat and socks. Elizabeth’s pose is reminiscent of the one struck by Neel’s daughter Isabetta (also in this exhibition) and granddaughter Olivia in other paintings. Each projects a fearlessness and confidence that Neel appreciated and associated, in the case of Olivia and probably Elizabeth, too, with the positive impact of feminism on a new generation of young girls.

Elizabeth in a Red Hat, Alice Neel (American, Merion Square, Pennsylvania 1900–1984 New York), Oil on canvas

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Photo by Ethan Palmer