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Alice Neel
Alice Neel (1900- 1984) was an American Expressionist painter best known for her portraits of everyone from her friends, to poets, to strangers. She has been called "one of the greatest portrait artists of the 20th century." 

Some of her most famous pieces were her female nudes, which were controversial in the 1930s because they didn't paint women through the male gaze, which often turned them vulnerable, passive, and ageless. Instead, she wanted her women subjects to be powerful and honest, pushing against the ideal beauty standards and painting their bodies as they were. This created a sharp contrast against traditional nudes, and they were meant to question women's traditional roles and challenge gender norms.