Alice Neel, Mother and Child, 1956

Alice Neel

Born 1900 in Merion Square, Pennsylvania.
Alice Neel studied at the School of Industrial Art, a division of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity.

“The place where I had freedom most was when I painted. I was completely and utterly myself.” -Alice Neel


  • In 2012-2013, Alice Neel’s Mother and Child, 1956, work was featured in Girls’ Club’s Following the Line exhibition.

1976 International Women’s Year Award in
1979 National Women’s Caucus for Art Award
1963 Longview Foundation Purchase Award from Dillard University, New Orleans