Linda Nochlin and Daisy

1973
Alice Neel (American, 1900–1984)


Dimensions

55 7/8 x 44 in. (141.9 x 111.8 cm)

Accession Number

1983.496

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

Based in New York, Alice Neel specialized in blunt and revealing portraits of friends and acquaintances. Here she captures the influential art historian Linda Nochlin and her daughter. Neel’s deliberately crude brushstrokes and vibrant palette preclude the flattery typical of much portraiture. Nochlin’s looming head and large, discerning eyes challenge the viewer. Her confrontational stare contrasts with Daisy’s open and eager encounter with both painter and viewer.

Provenance

The artist; to MFA, Boston, 1983

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Copyright

© The Estate of Alice Neel
Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London