Alice Neel has quietly evolved into my favorite artist for a lot reasons that are hard to put into words. To say that I love looking into the faces that she painted doesn't convey much, but it's true. And like a lot of people, I admire her path--that she never cared about the trends of the art world--the tragic undoing of her career and also what has made her work "important" in the very same circles. To me, there's something really special and unique about her underrated work, maybe you will feel it too.
"...I like it not only to look like the person but to have their inner character as well. And then I like it to express the zeitgesit. See I don't like something from the 60s to look like something in the 70s. And they don't. It's amazing. Every decade changes like that. Lucky for me, as old as I am I can still change. Because I've known people, they get stuck back in the 30s or 40s and never get out of it and just keep on doing the same thing over again." ~ Alice Neel
Above are a few updated versions of the perennially chic red blouse - I thought I'd offer mostly highs for inspiration on cut and drape and a few lows--because there are lots of ways to find a similar look for less.
Would love to know who your favorite artist is and if you would you wear a red blouse this fall?
Details: Top row left to right: Valentino $1590 @Netaporter; Maison Martin Margiela Fan Top $1,035 @shopmrsh.com; Orla Keily $325; Acne at MyThersa $240; Madewell $110; Mango $40.
Want more? Here are a couple of snippets on Alice Neel I thought you might enjoy: