This is a painting by my favorite female artist- Alice Neel. She painted all her life but did not become known for her work until her 70's. This was also the time of her life when she did her first self portrait- nude. She did mostly portraits of people she knew, and many were in the nude. If you are comfortable with seeing them I can post them. They are some her most impressive works. But there is something about this particular painting that is so powerful.