Ginny with the Yellow Hat

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1971

Artist:

Alice Neel
American, 1900-1984

About this artwork

Alice Neel’s evocative, subversive, and psychologically driven portraits have gained increasing recognition after her death. She brought a loquacious expressionism to each of her subjects—a diverse group of artists, intellectuals, and political leaders of the national Communist Party, as well as family and neighbors in Spanish Harlem. This portrait’s subject is the artist’s daughter-in-law, Ginny Neel, who was painted here at the age of twenty-seven. She sits nervously for the artist, her long, bony fingers and hunched shoulders embody a tense nervousness, and her cloche and winter coat imply that she was stopped on her way in. Neel had spent the previous winter in California with her son Hartley and Ginny, who were gifted the portrait upon its completion.

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Artist

Alice Neel

Title

Ginny with the Yellow Hat

Origin

United States

Date

1971

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

101.6 x 73.7 cm (40 x 29 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Hartley and Richard Neel

Reference Number

1994.543

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