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    Sale 2049

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Session

    13 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 228

    Alice Neel (1900-1984)

    José with Guitar

    Price Realised  

    Alice Neel (1900-1984)
    José with Guitar
    signed 'Neel" (lower left)
    graphite and colored pencil on paper
    11¾ x 8 7/8 in. (29.8 x 22.5 cm.)
    Drawn in 1936.


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    Neel drew this portrait of her then husband, José, playing his guitar during the time that they lived in Harlem. Few of Neel's early drawings have survived or been documented. This portrait of José is a masterful drawing, heavily worked, and full of the emotional connection to her subject that distinguishes Neel's best work.

    Provenance

    Estate of the Artist
    Robert Miller Gallery, New York
    Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 12 May 2005, lot 201
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection