MFAH Opens Exhibit Featuring 20th-Century Portrait Painter
Bold, sometimes searing portraits of gritty Manhattanites, members of the art-world elite, and an artist’s lovers, friends and family will be on display starting March 21 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
MFAH is opening a new exhibit of 68 paintings by Alice Neel, a 20th-century portrait painter who captured the character of her time and the gamut of New York life over seven decades. Committed to portraiture throughout her life, an era when the genre was considered practically obsolete, Neel captured both the physical likenesses and the psychological essences of her sitters in bold, sometimes searing paintings.
“Alice Neel: Painted Truths” is the first major museum exhibition of Neel’s work in ten years, and the first to present her work in Europe. The show examines Neel’s oeuvre from a highly focused perspective, showcasing masterworks culled from the 1920s to the 1980s. Along with her famous portraits, a section of the show will also be devoted to her lesser-known cityscapes that document tenement life from the inside.