Alice Neel is best known for her casual and intimate portraits. One of the most important American painters of the 20th-century, Neel captures the spirit of her time – chronicling the social and economic diversity of the middle of the century. Neel portrayed regular folks (like family), notable Americans (like Andy Warhol), and urban landscapes (like the above 9th Ave El of 1935).

Alice Neel: Painted Truths, on view now through June 23, 2010, at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, examines Neel’s career and evolution. The exhibition is accompanied by a full catalog released through Yale University Press.

A selection from Alice Neel: Painted Truths follows.

Last Sickness, 1953

Fire Escape, 1948

Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978

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