Influential painter Alice Neel (18900-1984) was known for her portraits of famous people, as well as those on the fringes of mainstream society. A self proclaimed 'collector of souls' she painted friends, family and neighbours in Spanish Harlem, showing their personalities with uncompromising honesty.
Personal problems and a nervous breakdown didn't stop her working. Her constant struggle between her art and mother hood made her a shrewd commentator on life as a women, and her portraits of pregnant women are particularly well observed. She became a figure head for the feminist movement and is now widely admired by a younger generation of painters.
This is the first major retrospective of her work, 26 years after her death. There is also an award winning documentary film about her, showing in the Zikha Auditorium.
Alice Neel: Painted Truths
8th July – 17th September
The Whitechapel Gallery
77 -82 Whitechapel High Street,
London E1 7QX