|Description: We offer a signed drawing by Moses Soyer. The composition is approximately 11 ½” x 7 ½”, rendered in watercolor and red crayon, signed at the lower right, and housed in a gold frame with the outside dimensions 22” x 18 ¼”. In this mother and child study, the figures are clustered together in an ethereal, hand-hewn formation that looks highly contemporary, while the use of red conte crayon grounds the piece firmly in art history. Soyer was known for his social realist, Ashcan school portraits of dancers. Item #FA00189.
Moses Soyer (1899-1975) was born in Russia and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1913. Soyer studied at Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design, the Ferrer Art School (under Robert Henri and George Bellows) and the Educational Alliance School of Art. He taught and made murals for the Works Progress Administration. His work is in the collections of numerous major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, the Phillips Collection, and the Walker Art Center.
Condition: The piece has not been examined out of the frame, but does not appear to be laid down and is in good condition. The original biographical information and labels are retained on verso of the frame indicating the provenance from the estate of the artist.