Raphael Soyer (Russian/American 1899 - 1987), American scene painter, Social Realist - was born in Borisoglebsk, Russia.
He is a well-listed artist whose work is always in demand. His lithographs sell for hundreds of dollars. His drawings sell for more and more, since original artwork by Raphael Soyer is scarce on the secondary market.
Raphael Soyer is identified as a Social Realist painter because of his interest in the common man, even though he avoided subjects that were particularly critical of society.
The Tsarist regime deported Soyer and his family in 1913. They lived in the Lower East Side of New York City. where his father taught Hebrew, and wrote. His popularity with his students in Russia and his liberal ideas led to the problems for him with the authorities.
Soyer left school at sixteen to help support the family. He attended free classes at Cooper Union* and at the National Academy of Design*. Guy Pene du Bois, a teacher at the Art Students League, recognized his talent and introduced him to Charles Daniel, who gave him his first solo exhibition in 1929. The success of this event secured his position as a professional artist.
He painted genre art of immigrant life in the United States was sensitive and understanding. He found wonderful candidates for his portraits from his studio in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
He felt that artists he admired, such as Rembrandt, Degas, and Eakins, were dedicated to showing their times truthfully, and emphasized inner character more than physical beauty. He emulated this dedication.
Both of Soyer's brothers, Moses and Isaac, were also artists of note. With his identical twin Moses, he painted murals for the post office in Kingessing, Pennsylvania. He also taught at the Art Students League. He was a co-founder of Reality magazine and champion of Realism at a time when Abstract Expressionism dominated the American art scene.
The Depression's economic difficulties could be seen in many of his subjects.
His death in 1987 was a loss to the art world.
High reported price for a single artwork is $86,500.00
.Artist: Raphael Soyer (Russian/American 1899 - 1987)
Title: "Mother and Child"
Medium: Pencil on paper.
Size: 17 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches. Framed under glass 20 by 17 inches.
.Hand signed: Lower Right.
Condition: Very Good.
Please note - there is some reflection on the glass. The drawing is very good.