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Alice Neel (1900–1984)
U.S. Olympic Committee, Kennedy Graphics, Inc. (New York)
Olympics 1976, 1974
offset lithograph
107 x 64 cm (42 1/8 x 29 2/5 in.)
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Courtesy of the estate of Alice Neel

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Biography of Alice Neel

Born in Merion Square, Pennsylvania, Alice Neel graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art) in 1925. She was a portrait painter whose work cut across the social classes. She once described herself as a "collector of souls," and lived much of her adult life in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City. From 1935 to 1943, Neel was employed by the W.P.A. Federal Art Project, Easel Division. She was also included in a group exhibition of acclaimed women artists in Washington, D.C., in 1979, entitled Women's Caucus for Art Honors Bishop, Burke, Neel, Nevelson, O'Keeffe.

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