Raphael Soyer

soyer 1Raphael Soyer, Cafe Scene, 1946

“My art is representational by choice. In my opinion, if the art of painting is to survive, it must describe and express people, their lives and times. It must communicate. Non-objective art with its elimination of expression, psychological experiences, objective appearances, does not do all that. It is a kind of decoration, a personalized decoration at its best. I consider myself a modern artist, or rather an artist of today. I dislike the word “modern” in relation to art–it implies temporariness. I am an artist of today, because I am influenced by the thoughts, the life and the aesthetics of our time. I am also an inheritor of many great painters who preceded me and made tradition living, on-going and ever renewable like nature itself, by finding dynamic, contemporary and personal ways to depict and interpret their life and their time.”–Raphael Soyer

soyer 2Raphael Soyer, Subway Platform, 1946

Soyer 3Raphael Soyer, Office Girls

soyer 4Raphael Soyer, Self Portrait in the Second of the War, 1941, oil on canvas, 15″ x 10″


Raphael Soyer, Roomates, 1937, oil on canvas

Soyer 6Raphael Soyer, Annunciation, 1980

soyer 7Raphael Soyer, Marussia Burliuk, 1943

soyer 8Raphael Soyer, Two Models, 1980, oil on canvas, 51″ x 49.5″

soyer 9Raphael Soyer, Young Woman, oil on canvas, 34″ x 26″, 1972

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARaphael Soyer, Woman with Scarf, oil on canvas, 23.5″ x 19.5″, oil on canvas

soyer 11Raphael Soyer, Young Woman with a Plant

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