Every since the first time I came in contact with a painting by Alice Neel, I’ve developed a grand admiration for her work. Like many other artists, I let them wander around in my mind for a while and then rediscover their genius. So when I found out about the exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), I immediately planned a date to get in the car and drive for two hours to admire her pieces face to face.
It has been such a long time since I felt this overwhelmed by an exhibition. A wide corridor leads you to the glass doors that give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. You open the door and there she is, Alice Neel on a canvas.
My curiousity almost got the better of me because I wanted to rush to the next room every time, I wanted to see what was around the corner. But I got it under controle, I took my time before every piece and tried to understand the strokes she placed on the canvas, the essence of the portrayed, the relationship she had with the person, the precise moment in her life.
It was the first time I saw her paintings in real life and I couldn’t be more happy. If I could, I would visit the exhibition again and again and again.
“Whether I am painting or not, I have this overswinging interest in humanity. Even if I’m not working, I’m still analyzing people.” – Alice Neel
When I was searching the internet I came across this documentary about Alice Neel. Looks promising so I better make some time to watch it.
You have until the 12th of February 2017 to head on over to the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.