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Girl With a Cigarette

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Moses Soyer, Girl With a Cigarette, 1968, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Muhlenberg, © unknown, research required, 74.11

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Title

Girl With a Cigarette

Artist

Moses Soyer (American, born Russia, 1899-1974)

Date

1968

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

35 1/2 in x 25 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: signed, upper right

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Muhlenberg

Accession Number

74.11

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Janet and Richard Geary Gallery

Description

A significant figure in the American realist movement, Moses Soyer established his aesthetic vocabulary under the tutelage of Robert Henri and George Bellows and further honed his vision during the Great Depression. Born in Czarist Russia, he immigrated with his family to New York City in 1912, and with his artist brothers, Raphael and Isaac, Soyer became a fixture of the Jewish art scene and the Union Square painters, which included Isabel Bishop.

Girl with a Cigarette is a major post-World War II work that reveals his interest in depicting the female figure and modern life. Reflective and distant, Soyer’s young woman is an existential spirit of the times.

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