With a big new exhibit now up at one of the country’s premier museums, now is a good time to remember a pioneer of American painting.
When was the last time you remember seeing a painter on The Tonight Show? If you’re like me, you couldn’t answer that question very quickly, and, when you finally did, you might well say “uh, never.”
If you had tuned in to Johnny Carson on the night of February 21, 1984, alongside an Olympic skier, and actress Mariette Hartley, you’d have met a charming and vivacious 84-year-old painter named Alice Neel. Carson seemed captivated by her.
Alice Neel was born in Pennsylvania in January of 1900. She graduated from high school in 1918 and three years later began talking art classes at the Philadelphia