John I. H. Baur
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
John I. H. Baur, head of the Brooklyn Museum’s Department of Painting and Sculpture from 1936 to 1952, here appears seated in an interior space, perhaps his office. His body, cropped at the head and ankle, fills the frame. Alice Neel captured idiosyncrasies such as his lightly rumpled suit, wrinkled face, and veiny hands. One of her guiding principles as a portraitist was, in her words, that “every person is a new universe unique with its own laws.”
Oil on canvas
45 1/2 x 38in. (115.6 x 96.5cm)
frame: 48 3/4 x 40 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (123.8 x 103.5 x 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Hartley and Richard Neel
© Estate of Alice Neel
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Alice Neel (American, 1900-1984). John I. H. Baur, 1974. Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 x 38in. (115.6 x 96.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Hartley and Richard Neel, 1993.161. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.161_SL1.jpg)
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