Official 21 Set 6

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Alice Neel

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What aspect of Alice Neel's work does the class mainly discuss?
  • A. The ways that her artistic style developed over time

  • B. The influence of photography on her portraits

  • C. The style she used to portray her subjects

  • D. Criticisms of her approach to Realism and Expressionism

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    NARRATOR:Listen to part of a lecture in an art history class.

    MALE PROFESSOR:Alright, uh... so today we're moving on to Alice Neel, N-E-E-L.Uh, Alice Neel painted portraits, um, she was born in Pennsylvania and she lived from 1900 to 1984.[confident, deliberate]And I guess you might say she experienced difficulties as an artist.She was in her 70s before she had her first major solo exhibition.

    Um, and this is due at least in part to, uh... er, because of photography.After photography became regarded as an art form, portrait painting became less prestigious, um, less respected as an art form and well... art photography kind of took its place.So you can imagine that a portrait artist would've had a hard time finding acceptance.

    Uh, but the real reason I want to look at Neel is that I really find her style, um, she had interesting ways of portraying people.She combined some elements of Realism... What's Realism. Alison?

    FEMALE STUDENT:It's like, painting something exactly how it is, so an artist would try to make it as accurate, um, and objective as possible.Painting stuff just how it appears on the surface.

    MALE PROFESSOR:OK, good. So, Neel combined Realism with... well, actually, with Expressionism.[asking, expecting an answer] And that is...[pause, then hinting] um, we-we just covered this...

    FEMALE STUDENT:[less confident]Um, it's into emotion, like artists are trying to, well, express themselves through the painting. Right?

    MALE PROFESSOR:Yep, the artist is depicting subjective emotions-showing the inner reality as interpreted by the artist, rather than the outward form, so the image itself might be distorted or exaggerated in some way.The expression overrides objective, uh, representation.OK, so. Alice Neel combined these two uh, styles. Yes?

    FEMALE STUDENT:Um, how is that even possible? [doubtful, no upspeak]How can you portray something exactly as it is, and at the same time, distort it with emotions? I don't get it.

    MALE PROFESSOR:Alright, good question. It's actually a good lead-in to some of the techniques that Neel used-that she employed to bridge that contradiction.In a minute I'll show you some of her portraits, and I'll want you to notice a few things about them.First, Neel's use of bold color, alright?You'll see she uses color to convey emotion and feeling...Like, the subjects' clothing, for instance-it appears brighter than it really is.And the subjects, the people being portrayed- Neel paid special attention to faces... the way she paints the eyes, an-and how the faces are portrayed- these are quite realistic, like the realists' work.But another thing Neel did was use elongated, sort of stretchy figures.

    MALE STUDENT:But didn't a lot of Expressionist painters do that?So really you're saying that Neel's techniques were similar to what other artists were doing.What was it that she did that was, like, all her own?

    MALE PROFESSOR:OK, well, I think it has to do, partly, with the way she combined these techniques.So, for example those realistic faces and eyes but bright, distorted figures-it's a mix.You'll see that her portraits do reflect reality, um, the people that were actually sitting there.

    Realism was important in the sense that she wanted to show people as they really were- much like a photographer would.Uh, but Neel wasn't satisfied with photo-like realism.She went beyond that- and this is where Expressionism comes in.She believed in capturing the whole person-not just what was on the surface.That's where the Expressionist distortion is important, in an attempt to reveal the subjects' character or personality.

    But Neel's paintings are distinctive for her time in part because they are portraits.Remember I said that photography, and art photography, had largely taken the place of portraiture, to the extent that some critics had declared the genre of portraiture to be dead.But Neel felt that painting should reflect reality- [with humor]a real realist's stance, you could say- and to her, individuals- people-best reflect the reality of their time-of the age that they live in.So she painted portraits.

    An-and if you look at her work- we're talking in the vicinity of 3,000 paintings- if you look at them, it's like this gallery of the whole century... an enormous range of subjects- families, women, children, artists, people in poverty... these paintings really spanned class, age, and gender.It's like she transformed the genre- it's not just formal depictions of, uh,[slightly derogatory tone] presidents and ancestors anymore.

    But keep in mind that she was doing this when abstract art dominated the art scene.Representations of people weren't fashionable in the art world, and it wasn't until fairly late in the century that critics recognized the power of what she did.

  • 旁白:听下面一段艺术历史的课堂讲解。

    教授:好啦,今天我们来讲一下爱丽丝. 尼尔,N-E-E-L。爱丽丝尼尔是一位画肖像画的画家,她出生于宾夕法尼亚州,生于 1900 年,于 1984 年去世。我想你会说,作为一名画家,她是经历了艰难险阻。直到她 70 多岁的时候,她才有了一次自己的大型专属画展。

    呃, 这至少有一部分原因是归结于摄影的出现。在摄影作为一项艺术形式出现以后,肖像画就变得不那么盛行了,也不再那么受尊崇了,摄影有些取代了肖像画的位置。所以你们可以想象作为一名肖像画家,想受到关注一定是很难的。







    教授:好的,问的好。你的问题可以作为引出尼尔技巧的开场白,她使用了一些技巧来消除这样的矛盾。等一下,我给你们展示几张她的作品,我希望你们能从中注意到一些东西。首先,尼尔用色很大胆,对吗?你会发现她使用颜色来抒发情感和感受。比如说画中人的衣服,就比实际上的颜色要鲜艳。画中的人物呢,尼尔更注重面部的勾画,她画眼睛的方式及对面部的勾画都是非常现实的, 和现实主义画家的作品一样。但是尼尔还运用了将人物拉长的这种绘画手段。







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    Uh, but the real reason I want to look at Neel is that I really find her style, um, she had interesting ways of portraying people. She combined some elements of Realism







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