Time and Alice Neel – The New York Times &62; Art &Design &62; Slide Show &62; Slide 2 of 7


Elizabeth Peyton
‘Jonathan’ (2007)

“I was most interested in people, and that seemed like the most important thing — humans, humanity,” Ms. Peyton said in an e-mail message. “I feel pictures of people contain their time in an important way that communicates to other times.”

Ms. Peyton said she was impressed by Neel’s powerful ability “to connect with all kinds of people.”

“You could say she took on the whole thing of people, and all that encompasses, in a fearless way,” Ms. Peyton said. “I love that she doesn’t try to `get it right,’ that the gesture or feeling is always more important in her work than an exact description of the sitter.” This is especially true of Neel’s faces, she added: “They are really their own universe, created by her.”

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