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S: Alice Neel

FC: Alice Neel

1: Alice Neel was one of the greatest portrait painters of the 20th century. She was also one of not so many women artists of her century. Women weren't taken seriously as artists at that time.

2: Alice Hartley Neel was born on January 28, 1900. As a child Alice Neel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She kept pictures of her childhood with her claiming that one day she would be an artist.

3: After graduating from high school, She took a business course in typing and stenography, which is a science art where you write in code that no one understands except for the person who writes it and the person who receives it. For the next three years she worked with the Army Air Corps. While doing this she was also taking night classes at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia.

4: In 1921 she got in the art program at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she got a scholarship after the first year. She won lots of awards including the Kern Dodge Prize for the best painting in her life class. After Graduation she married Carlos Enríquez. Carlos Enríquez came from an old family in Havana.

5: In 1926 he and his new wife went to Cuba. She went to art school in Cuba and realized how much of a struggle for 20th century women. She began drawing pregnant women and thought it was unnatural for women to become pregnant well shortly after that she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Santillana del Mar Enríquez.

6: Six months later she moved back to Pennsylvania with her new daughter. Carlos Enríquez joined them in the fall of that year. Less than a year back in America, Santillana, her daughter got diphtheria and died. Alice Neel got pregnant with her second child and took a job at the National City Bank in New York. Two years after her daughter, Isabella Lillian Enríquez was born, Carlos left her and took their second daughter with him to Cuba.

7: In August of 1940, Alice Neel became mentally ill and was hospitalized in Philadelphia. After she got out she tried to commit suicide twice. The first time she turned on the gas oven in her parents' kitchen. The second time she broke glass and tried to swallow them. She was hospitalized a few more times and during her hospitalizations she was still trying to paint. Several months later, she returned home to Colwyn. During a visit to New Jersey, she met a sailor named Kenneth Doolittle. Then met a long life friend named John Rothschild. He helped her buy a cottage and moved in with her and stayed until he died. Shortly after his death she moved in with Kenneth Doolittle and stated a relationship. During one of their fights he burned over 300 of Neel's drawings and watercolors, and slashed over 50 of her oil paintings.

8: A year later was entered on the payroll of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was a funded program run by the Whitney Museum of American Art which helped support the arts. She was left with many disappointments and the memories of Kenneth Doolittle. That same year she met José Santiago, a Puerto Rican nightclub singer. She moved in with him and got pregnant six weeks later. She was hospitalized for a really bad miscarriage in 1937. Shortly after that she and Santiago moved to Spanish Harlem. She painted T.B. Harlem

9: In 1944, a year after the WPA project ended, she found one of her paintings reproduced in a Life magazine article. The WPA was selling out and destroyed the canvases. After that she tried her hardest and started concentrating on painting residents of the Spanish Harlem neighborhood. She painted a really famous painting called the Woman in Pink Velvet Hat.

10: The 1940s and 1950s finally defined her as a portraitist. In 1962 she moved to West 107th Street and began having people sit for her, and painting them. This marked an important part of her history. She | turned her focus | Spanish Harlem portraits after deciding that "it was foolish to paint them | because that doesn't get you anywhere in the art world.". | from

11: She then starting painting people who could arrange shows or write about her. She also painted women's movement in her own career. She painted domestic paintings and paintings of her | desires. She painted western themes and the Whitney Museum of American Art finally opened some of her paintings in their museum because the director of the museum was fascinated by her work, so he decided to open a show of only her work. For ten more years Alice Neel painted for this museum. Her life finally came together and everything added up.

14: Alice Neel died of cancer in October of 1984. She left behind many memories and paintings and her life that resolved her struggles with men and her art. She remains one of the greatest 20th century women artists of the world. She truly dedicated herself to her art and put her life into the many paintings she painted. See happy endings exist.

16: Works Cited | http://www.brain-juice.com/cgi-bin/show_bio.cgi?p_id=119 http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://echostains.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/alice-neel.jpg&imgrefurl=http://echostains.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/happy-birthday-alice-neel/&usg http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/AliceNeelLastSickness.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/2010/04/alice-neel.html&usg http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.abbeville.com/images-catalog/full-size

17: Works Cited | http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lalouver.com/resource/alice_neel/Alice-Neel portrait.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.lalouver.com/html/alice_neel_bio.html&usg http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://stevenalm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Alice-Neel.jpg&imgrefurl=http://stevenalm.com/film-reviews/alice-neel http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.students.stedwards.edu/sbowen2/Alice2520Neel/Alice-Neel

18: Works Cited | http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://image.spreadshirt.com http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.aliceneel.com/images/gallery/woman-pink-velvet-hat http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/images/alice_neel.jpg&imgrefurl http://www.galeriacubarte.cult.cu/g_artista.php?item=3&lang=eng

19: Works Cited | http://www.geni.com/people/Isabella-Isabetta-EnrC3ADquez-de-Lancella http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://photos.geni.com/p12/c6/03/b2/7a/534448387bc8ba73/11a_Alice_and_Santillan149_t2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.geni.com/people/Isabella-Isabetta-Enr25C325ADquez-de-Lancella http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/finch/phoebe-hoban-alice-neel-part-two12-8-10_detail.asp?picnum=1 http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/finch/phoebe-hoban-alice-neel-part-two12-8-10_detail.asp?picnum=1

20: Works Cited | http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/Alter-Chicken-and-the-Fox.jpg http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://sjarrel.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/alice-neel http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://vvoice.vo.llnwd.net

21: Works Cited | http://sjarrel.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/alice-neel/ http://www.suite101.com/content/american-artist-alice-neel-a50521 http://www.flickr.com/photos/djll/3006780451/

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