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French Girl

Alice Neel American

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Between 1921 and 1925, Neel studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now the Moore College of Art and Design, where she likely made this work. One of Neel’s earliest extant paintings, French Girl reflects Neel’s own budding skills as an artist as much as it does the style and philosophy of one of the school’s most storied professors, Robert Henri (1865–1929), who taught there between 1892 and 1895 and whose book The Art Spirit (1923) Neel read avidly. Working from a model, Neel fuses, as per Henri, careful observation with painterly feeling.

French Girl, Alice Neel (American, Merion Square, Pennsylvania 1900–1984 New York), Oil on canvas

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