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Description: George McNeil
(American, 1908-1995)
Alcatraz, 1957
oil on panel
signed and dated lower center.

Provenance: ACA Gallery and Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York.

Biography from ACME Fine Art:
George McNeil was a New York School artist and also an art teachers who had a six-decade career. In 1939, he was only one of five non-objective painters in the New York World's Fair Show. Today, his work is in many collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

McNeil's work evolved from the post cubist abstract expressionism of his Hofmann School days, through the figurative expressionism of his mid-career during the 1960's and 1970's, to emerge as full-blown neo-expressionism in the 1980's and 1990's.

In a statement prepared for a solo exhibition of his work at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985 McNeil commented, "I have been told that my abstract landscapes and my beat up figures make me a part of the New Expressionist movement. This disconcerts me because I have been an old expressionist for so long that it isn't funny. I am like Moliere's Monsieur Jourdain who was surprised to learn he had been speaking prose all his life."
14"H x 11"W (image), 11 3/4"H x 15"W (frame).

  • Dimensions: 14"H x 11"W (image), 11 3/4"H x 15"W (frame).
  • Artist Name: George McNeil
  • Medium: oil on panel

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