244: RAPHAEL SOYER B1899 Social Realism WPA Lim.Ed.
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RAPHAEL SOYER (AMERICAN 1899-1987), "Woman in Blue Jeans Crossing the Street," lithograph, 19 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches, edition 62/300, pencil signed lower right. PROVENANCE: Property of a Private Collector. Framed and matted under plexiglass. One of America's most revered social realist painters and print makers, Raphael Soyer was born in 1899 in Borisogliebsk, Russia. He emigrated from Russia to America in 1913 and settled with his family in New York City. Soyer studied painting and printmaking at the Cooper Union Art School (1914-17), the National Academy of Design (1918-22), and at the Art Students League with Guy Pene du Bois. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists, the American Artists Congress, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Artists Equity Association. Soyer exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists (1922, 1925, 1940-41), the Salons of America in New York City (1924-25, 1930), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1927-73), Daniel Gallery in New York City (1929), L'Elan Gallery in New York City (1932), the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago annuals in Illinois (1932 prize, 1940 prize, 1941 prize), Curt Valentine Gallery in New York City (1933-35, 1937-38), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annuals in Philadelphia (1933, 1934 gold, 1938-66 [gold in 1943]), Macbeth Gallery in New York City (1935), the Corcoran Gallery Biennials in Washington, D.C. (1935-63 [12 times]), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (1938), Frank Rehn Gallery in New York (1939), Associated American Artists (1940-41, 1948, 1953, 1958), Brooklyn Museum (1941), Weyhe Gallery in New York City (1944), the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh (1944), the Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C. (1944), the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Texas (1945), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1946), the Philadelphia Art Alliance (1949 solo), the National Academy of Design (1951, 1952, 1980), Krasner Gallery in New York City (1957), ACA Gallery in New York City (1960), Alfredo Valente Gallery in New York City (1961), Bernard Crystal Gallery in New York (1962), Forum Gallery in New York (1964, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1977), American Foundation of the Arts (1967), Georgia Museum of Art (1968), Margo Feiden Gallery in New York, and the Berlin Akademie der Kunst in Germany (1980). "Who was Who in American Art," notes that along with his fellow artist and WPA member brothers Isaac and Moses, Raphael Soyer, "became most noted for his empathetic portrayal of urban life and Depression subjects. He also made portraits of artist friends, dancers, and bohemians. During the 1930s, Soyer made many lithographs of Depression Scenes." Raphael Soyer's work is in numerous major museums including: the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts; the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe; the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh; the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida; the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas; the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas; the Frederick Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi; the Los Angles County Museum of Art in California; the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, Florida; the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York; the Michael Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia; the Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas; the Minneapolis Museum of Art; the Munson Williams Proctor Institute in Utica, New York; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts; the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts; the National Academy of Design Museum; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York; the New York University Collection in Manhattan; the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida; the Oklahoma City Art Museum; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia; the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Phoenix Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum in Oregon; the Print Club of Albany; the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont; the San Diego Museum of Art in California; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California; the Sara Roby Foundation Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Sheldon Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana; Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Pennsylvania; the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Ohio; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma; the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Naples, Florida; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; the Newark Museum in New Jersey; the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson; the University of Michigan Art Museum in Ann Arbor; the Washington County Museum of Fine Art in Hagerstown, Maryland; the Tucson Museum of Art; the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington; the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Wright Museum in Beloit, Wisconsin; the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 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