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Adrienne Rich

Alice Neel American

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Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was one of the towering figures of late twentieth-century feminism, a movement that buoyed Neel’s late career but about which the artist harbored some political and generational ambivalences. Neel created this sketch to accompany an article about the author in the poetry magazine Parnassus. It shows Rich smiling amiably, betraying none of the tension that permeated their relationship.

Adrienne Rich, Alice Neel (American, Merion Square, Pennsylvania 1900–1984 New York), Ink on paper

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