Alice Neel, ‘Stephen Shepard’, 1978, Aurel Scheibler

Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "Neel ́78"

„Alice Neel: Late Portraits and Still Lifes“, David Zwirner, New York, 2012, Kat. Abb. S. / Cat. rep. p. 56
„Ambivalent Figuration: People“, Samson Projects, Boston, 2008

Tamar Garb, Jeremy Lewison, Robert Storr, Barry Walker et al, Alice Neel: Painted Truths, Exh. cat., (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010), p. 273, illustrated (Neel painting portrait of Shepard)

The Estate of Alice Neel

About Alice Neel

Alice Neel, one of the great portraitists of the 20th century, made starkly honest paintings of relatives, lovers, friends, and neighbors. A successor to the expressionism of Chaim Soutine, Edward Munch, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Neel used distorted drawing and invented color to reveal the character beneath each sitter’s physical appearance. Neel worked in obscurity for most of her career, painting a range of locals from salesmen to the homeless, but during the last two decades of her life, she finally gained recognition, receiving many honors and awards. Her later paintings include portraits of celebrity artists like Andy Warhol and Marisol, as well notable people such as Mayor Ed Koch and Bella Abzug.

American, 1900-1984, Marion Square, Pennsylvania