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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

Modern and Contemporary Art; 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 long career. While his acutely observed portraits typically feature flattened patterns and minimum detail, they are subtly charged with a rich emotional presence. A great admirer of the works of Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper, Soyer 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. Soyer was one of three artistic brothers, including an identical twin, Moses, whose work is also on view.

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