Raphael Soyer

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Soyer, Raphael


Born Dec. 25, 1899, in Borisoglebsk, in present-day Voronezh Oblast. American painter.

Soyer, who settled in the USA in 1912, studied in New York at the National Academy of Design and at the Art Students League. He joined the John Reed Club in 1929. Soyer’s paintings depicting everyday life in New York develop the realist traditions of American art and are marked by lyricism, naturalness and precision of observation, and a subtle silvery palette (Seamstress, 1951–60, Museum of Modern Art, New York).


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