Alice Neel was a strong-willed pioneering 20th century painter who painted in a juicy expressionistic manner. Her self-portrait, at age 80, attests to her bold spirit and captures the essential sexuality people feel well into their later years alongside the realities of an aging body:
Nude subjects, ranging in age from children to the aged, force the to reckon with the body not as a fantasy device, but with all it's irregularities and imperfections. Throughout, there is a bare honesty to her observations. Neel's website introduction states "Neel's nudes played with the conventions of eroticism while asserting the female point of view." Visit her online gallery here.