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Portrait of Rebecca

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Raphael Soyer, Portrait of Rebecca, ca. 1930, oil on canvas, Gift of Mary Soyer, © estate of Raphael Soyer, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York, 85.34

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Title

Portrait of Rebecca

Artist

Raphael Soyer (American, born Russia, 1899-1987)

Date

ca. 1930

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 7/8 in x 15 7/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Raphael Soyer, paint, lower right

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Soyer

Accession Number

85.34

Copyright

© estate of Raphael Soyer, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Millis Galleries (West)

Description

Russian born Raphael Soyer mastered a variety of styles during the many phases of his career. While his acutely observed portraits typically feature flattened patterns and minimum detail, they are subtly charged with subtle emotion. Heavily influenced by Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper, he executed Portrait of Rebecca using a combination of sharp objectivity and sympathy, a balance which allowed him to explore life among New York's poor without resorting to the satiric or picturesque. Though the subject of this picture is humbly dressed and turned slightly away from the picture plane, there is modest dignity in her bearing and in her definite eye contact with the viewer.Soyer's strong yet understated sense of humanistic passion lends his work and unpretentious originality. Soyer was one of three artistic brothers, including an identical twin, Moses, whose work also hangs in these galleries.

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