Oil on canvas
61 x 53 in.
This informal family portrait depicts Sam and Michelle Levinson and four of their five daughters. A portrait Alexander had previously painted of two of the Levinson children is seen in its early stages on an easel in his studio. One of the girls, Lili, is seen posing next to the portrait, while her sisters keep her company and her parents look on. The artist is “offstage left”, unseen. The narrative in both the present painting and the unfinished portrait underscores the Levinsons’ strong family bonds.
The portrait hung at the National Portrait Gallery over the summer of 2017 as part of the BP Portrait Award. It won the Visitors’ Choice Award as the public’s favourite painting that year. It now hangs at the Levinsons’ home in New York.