description of Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian by Alice Neel

This four foot tall, three foot wide oil portrait features two men seated side-by-side at a wooden table. Painted with bright colors, relaxed brushstrokes, and blue accent lines, the two posed men look directly at us. On our right sits a man wearing blue jeans, glasses, and a green sweater. He has a ‘five-o-clock-shadow’, a high forehead, a slight grin, and thin, frail hands. Slouching beside him, on our left, is a man with dark curly hair, a mustache and soul-patch, and dark circles around his brown eyes. His red plaid shirt is unbuttoned, revealing folds in his hairy stomach, and he wears a simple ring in his left ear. He leans forward on his right elbow, hand tucked under his chin, while his left arm is draped over the back of his partner’s chair. On the table in front of them is a glass bowl containing a pale orange, ripe bananas, and a shiny green avocado.

Alice Neel, Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978
Alice Neel, Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978; oil on canvas, 46 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. (118.75 cm x 93.35 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift; © Estate of Alice Neel
Alice Neel, Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian
Artist name
Alice Neel
Date created
1978
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
46 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. (118.75 cm x 93.35 cm)
Date acquired
2013
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift
Copyright
© Estate of Alice Neel
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2013.74
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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