"In politics as in life, I have always loved the losers, the outsiders. I didn’t like the smell of success’ were the words of Alice Neel not long before her death in 1984. Known for her colourful and figurative portraits, Neel’s career — spanning seven decades — reflected colossal societal change throughout the 20th century. Ironically, for an artist with such irreverence towards success, she became one of the most celebrated American painters."

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