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Moses Soyer (1899-1974)

Moses Soyer, his twin brother Raphael, and their younger brother Isaac, were born in Russia. They immigrated with their family to the United States in 1912, and eventually settled in New York City. All three became important artists working in the realist tradition. Moses Soyer studied at the Cooper Union, National Academy of Design, Ferrer Art School, and at the Educational Alliance School of Art, where he later taught. He was one of the Works Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project artists, commissioned to do a series of murals dealing with child life. In 1963 he was elected to the National Academy of Design, and in 1966 to the National Institute of Arts & Letters.

Soyer came of age artistically about the time of the Great Depression, and much of his art in the 1930s was influenced by this cataclysmic event. Responding from a humanitarian point of view to dire social conditions, he produced many significant works which portrayed those most affected by the Depression. Because of this early work, Soyer is often thought of primarily as a “social realist,” but as he developed as an artist, and as America moved out of the Depression, his work could no longer easily be characterized by the term “social realism.” He did not abandon the realist tradition, nor his interest in the social circumstances of the people around him, but his paintings became more suffused with a deeply felt, higher romanticism which had its roots in artists he loved: Rembrandt, Courbet, Corot, Eakins, Degas and other artists of the past whose visions were intimate and personal.

Soyer was employed as a muralist by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. One of his most important paintings, Artists on WPA, is now in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His experience with the WPA notwithstanding, Soyer’s basic interests were not in creating large public works; he found himself drawn instead to more private and intimate expression. Early on, he discovered his primary subject: the human figure, and became, in the words of one museum director, “unquestionably one of the important figurative painters of this century.”

As critic Bonnie Barrett Stretch wrote in a review of a recent Moses Soyer exhibition: "Depictions of…unguarded moments are a hallmark of Soyer’s work, and his technical sophistication and subtle approach allowed him to portray not only the physical likeness of his subjects, but something of their inner life...Soyer's figures seem to grow more alive the longer we look at them. Taken together, they evoke a community of common hopes, shared hardships, and simple dignity. In capturing the essence of so many private lives, Soyer also caught the essences of an era."

Moses Soyer’s work is found in many museum collections, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York... Museum of Modern Art, New York... Whitney Museum of American Art, New York... Brooklyn Museum, New York... Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania... Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan... Newark Museum, New Jersey... Montclair Museum, New Jersey... Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.... Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.... Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.... National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.... City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri... Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut...


Introducing!

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Introducing!

Pen & brown ink
Inscribed in brown ink, lower left: “Introducing!”; Estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7¾ X 9¾
Frame size: 16½ X 18¾
A meeting of artists during the Depression
FC13007   $4,800
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A Meeting of the Artists Union

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Meeting of the Artists Union

Pen & ink, ink wash, red conté crayon
Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "Artists Union" Signed in graphite, lower left.
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 9¾
Frame size: 17½ X 19⅞
FC14023   $4,800
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Unemployed - A Meeting of Artists

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Unemployed - A Meeting of Artists

Black conté crayon
Signed in brown crayon, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 9½
Frame size: 16¾ X 18¾
The sign in the background probably gives the topic under discussion
FC13008   $4,800
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 A Meeting of Artists

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Meeting of Artists

Black conté crayon
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9⅜ X 12½
Frame size: 19⅛ X 21½
The face in the center is probably a self-portrait
FC13006   $4,800
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An Artists' Meeting

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
An Artists' Meeting

Black conté crayon
Signed with estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 9½ inches
Frame size: 17 X 18¾ inches
FC13015   $4,800
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The Discussion

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
The Discussion

Black and red conté crayon
Signed in crayon, lower center
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 9⅝ inches
Frame size: 16⅞ X 18¾ inches
FC13023   $4,800
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Out of Work

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Out of Work

Graphite drawing
Signed in crayon, lower center
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7 ½ X 9⅝ inches
Frame size:17 X 19 inches
From the 1930s
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A Breath of Fresh Air

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Breath of Fresh Air

Black conté crayon
Signed in brown crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 9 3/5 inches
Frame size: 16¾ X 18¾ inches
FC13024   $4,800
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Seated Dancer

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Dancer

Red and black conté crayon, graphite
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 14 X 10¾ X
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾
Circa 1955
FC13004   $4,800
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Standing Female Nude, Rear View

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Standing Female Nude, Rear View

Charcoal drawing
Signed in charcoal, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 19 X 12 inches
Frame size: 27¾ X 20¾ inches
Late 1950s/early 1960s
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Sketches on a Duveen Brothers Exhibition Announcement

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Sketches on a Duveen Brothers Exhibition Announcement

Conté crayon, ink was, pen & ink and brush
On verso: Estate stamp and fragment with a doodle in red and black crayon
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7¾ X 5½ inches
Frame size: 16¾X 14⅛ inches
Duveen Brothers was a prominent New York and London art gallery.
FC13016   $2,800
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Une Demoiselle d’Avignon (Homage to Picasso)

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Une Demoiselle d’Avignon (Homage to Picasso)

Graphite (pencil) drawing
Estate stamp, right lower center
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 11 X 8 inches
Frame size: 20 X 16⅝ inches
Pablo Picasso’s iconic painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), had an enormous impact on many artists working early in the 20th century.
FC98047   $2,800
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Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancer’s Head

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancer’s Head

Watercolor, pen & black ink, black ink wash, graphite
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 10¾ X 14 inches
Frame size: 20⅜ X 22¾ inches
FC13017   $4,800
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Dancer Bending Over

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Dancer Bending Over

Pen & red ink and red ink wash
Signed, lower left, in red crayon
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12 X 8¾ inches
Frame size: 21½ X 17¾ inches
1940s
FC15027   $4,800
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Female Nude, Looking to the Right

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Female Nude, Looking to the Right

Pen & red ink; red ink wash
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 13¾ X 10¾ inches
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾ inches
FC13021   $4,800
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Seated Female Nude; Head of a Sleeping Woman

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Female Nude; Head of a Sleeping Woman

Pen & red ink; red ink wash
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 13¾ X 10¾ inches
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾ inches
FC13020   $4,800
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Seated Female Nude, Facing Right

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Female Nude, Facing Right

Pen & red ink and red ink wash, graphite
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 14 X 10⅜ inches
Frame size: 23¼ x 19½ inches
FC13018   $4,800
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A Draped Female Nude, Facing Right

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Draped Female Nude, Facing Right

Pen & red ink, red ink wash, Black ink wash, black conté crayon
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 13¾ X 10¾ inches
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾ inches
FC13019   $4,800
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Friends I

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Friends I

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 12¾ inches
Frame size: 18¾ X 21½ inches
FC96055   $2,800
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Intimacy

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Intimacy

Red and black conté crayon
Signed, lower center: “M Soyer”
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 10 X 13 inches
Frame size: 18¾ X 21¼ inches
FC13027   $4,800
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Seated Female Nude with Stockings

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Female Nude with Stockings

Charcoal drawing
Signed in charcoal, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 18 X 22 inches
Frame size: 26½ X 30¾ inches
FC96094   $2,800
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David & Ida

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
David & Ida

Pen and brown and black ink, brown and black ink wash, graphite
Estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 6 inches
Frame size: 19 X 15 inches
In this tender drawing of his wife and son, perhaps done on a ferry or a trolley, Soyer lends his presence to the scene by including his own hand holding his hat, lower left.
FC14024   $4,800
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David, Sick and Home From School

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
David, Sick and Home From School

Pen and reddish brown ink and reddish brown ink wash
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 6⅛ inches
Frame size: 19 X 15⅛ inches
Exhibited: Drawings and Watercolors by Moses Soyer: From Social Realism to Romantic Realism, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, January-March, 2002
FC14026   $4,800
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Ida, Seasick

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Ida, Seasick

Watercolor and charcoal
Estate stamp, upper right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9 X 6 inches
Frame size: 18½ X 15⅜ inches
Inscribed in pencil, lower center: “She was sea-sick for two days and after that she became the Belle of the boat.” This drawing was made on one of the numerous ocean crossings that the Soyers made in the 1950s & 1960s.
FC14029   $2,800
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People on the Crossing I

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
People on the Crossing I

Graphite (pencil) drawing
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 10 inches
Frame size: 16½ X 18⅜ inches
Drawn on a transatlantic crossing in the 1950s or early 1960s
FC98040   $2,800
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People on the Crossing II

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
People on the Crossing II

Graphite (pencil) drawing
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 7½ X 10 inches
Frame size: 16¼ X 18⅜ inches
Drawn on a transatlantic crossing in the 1950s or 1960s
FC98041   $2,800
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 Ida in a European Park

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Ida in a European Park

Red conté crayon and charcoal
Estate stamp, lower left/Inscribed, lower left (illegible) and Lower center: “one of two Sculptures in Park”
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet: 8 X 11 inches
Frame: 17 X 19 inches
A drawing made on one of the frequent trips the artist and his wife, Ida, made to Europe in the 1950s & 60s.
FC97109   $2,800
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Repose - (Dancers & Chairs)

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Repose - (Dancers & Chairs)

Lithograph
Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right; Inscribed, lower left: “II ed. 50-70
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet: approx: 18 X 20 inches
Frame: 25¾ X 27¾ inches
Full sheet, untrimmed and in excellent condition. Related to Soyer’s painting: The Letdown, 1950
FC96057   $1,200
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Woman Holding a Towel

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Woman Holding a Towel

Pen and red ink, red ink wash
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Approximately 7 X 9 inches
Frame size: 20⅞ X 17¼
FC13009   $4,800
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Reclining Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Reclining Female Nude

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower center: “M Soyer”
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: Approx. 12 X 19 inches
Frame size: 21&frac8541 X 27&frac8540inches
FCC1302   $2,800
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Two Studies of a Woman's Head

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Two Studies of a Woman's Head

Pen and red ink and red ink wash; watercolor, black ink wash & conté crayon
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 5½ inches
Frame size:18¼ X 14 inches
FC99133   $2,800
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Female Nude with Crossed Arms

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Female Nude with Crossed Arms

Pen & black ink; black, red, and blue ink wash
Estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9⅝ X 7⅛ inches
Frame size: 16¼ X 14⅛inches
In a handcrafted frame from Les Cadres RG, Paris
FC07085   $2,800
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Partially Draped Female Nude in the Artist's Studio

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Partially Draped Female Nude in the Artist's Studio

Oil on canvas
Signed & dated, lower left:
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Canvas size: 36 X 21¾
Frame size: 41 X 26¼
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Artist and Model

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Artist and Model

Pen & reddish brown ink and ink wash, pen & black ink, graphite
Signed in red crayon, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 10¾ X 14 inches
Frame size: 20⅜ X 23 inches
FC02119   $3,500
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Two Female Nudes Sitting on a Bed

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Two Female Nudes Sitting on a Bed

Oil on canvas
Signed, lower right:
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Canvas size: 40 X 40 inches
Frame size: 48 X 48 inches
FC02007   $22,000
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Standing Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Standing Female Nude

Pen and brown ink and watercolor
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 6 inches
Frame size: 15⅛X 13⅝ inches
FC10057   $4,800
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Café Portrait

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Café Portrait

Charcoal drawing
Signed in charcoal, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 12⅛ X 9⅞ inches
Frame size:21¾ X 18¾ inches
FC02034   $3,800
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Seated Draped Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Draped Female Nude

Pen & blue ink, red & black conté crayon, black ink wash
Signed in brown crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 11 x 8 5/16 inches
Frame size: 20 ½ X 17 ¼ inches
FC02031   $3,800
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Reclining Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Reclining Female Nude

Lithograph
Signed in pencil, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet:: approx/ 14 x 20 inches
Frame size: 20 ¾ X 25 inches
Full margins in excellent condition. Number 1 of an edition of 80
FC10058   $1,200
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Study of a Woman's Head

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Study of a Woman's Head

Pastel, pen & blue ink, red and black conté crayon
Signed in brown crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 11 X 8 3/8 inches
Frame Size: 20 ½ X 17 inches
FC02029   $3,800
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A Study of Two Male Nudes

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Study of Two Male Nudes

Pastel, charcoal, and white chalk drawing on gray wove paper
Signed, lower center
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 24 X 17 inches
Frame size: 33 ½ X 25 ¾ inches
FC13003   $3,200
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Seated Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Female Nude

Charcoal and red chalk drawing
Estate stamp, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 18 X 11½ inches
Frame size: 27¼ X 20¼ inches
FC96044   $2,800
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A Couple

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Couple

Black conté crayon
Signed in red crayon, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 20 X 14½
Frame size: 29¼ X 23¼
FC96093   $3,200
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Seated Female Nude leaning on a Flowered Cushion

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Female Nude leaning on a Flowered Cushion

Charcoal and red conté crayon
Signed, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 12½ X 18 inches
Frame size: 21¾ X 26¾inches
FC96080   $2,800
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Friends II

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Friends II

Charcoal drawing
Signed, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist
Sheet size: 9½ X 12¾inches
Frame size: 18¾ X 21½ inches
FC96056   $2,800
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Watching Dancers, Bastille Day, Paris

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Watching Dancers, Bastille Day, Paris

Watercolor & graphite
Inscribed in graphite, lower left:
Provenance: Estate of the artist; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 6¼ X 9 inches
Frame size: 16 X 18⅛ inches
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David Playing Chess with a Freind

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
David Playing Chess with a Freind

Pen & black ink, black ink wash, pen & brown ink, red conté crayon
Estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 6 X 9½ inches
Frame size: 15⅝ X 18⅝inches
David is the artist's son
FC14025   $4,800
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A Dancer, Arms Akimbo

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Dancer, Arms Akimbo

Blue and brown ink, ink wash, conté crayon
Signed, lower center
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12 X 9 inches
Frame size: 21¼ X 17¼ inches
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Seated Dancer with Her Elbow on her Knee

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated Dancer with Her Elbow on her Knee

Pen & brown ink, blue ink wash
Signed in red crayon, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12 X 8¾ inches
Frame size: 19⅜ X 16&6539 inches
In a handcrafted frame from RG Les Cadres Gault, Paris
FC14002   $4,800
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Seated, Draped Female Nude

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Seated, Draped Female Nude

Black conté crayon drawing
Signed, lower center, in red crayon
Provenance: Estate of the artist; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 13½ X 10½ inches
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾ inches
FC13005   $4,800
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Study of a Male Dancer (Merce Cunningham?)

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Study of a Male Dancer (Merce Cunningham?)

Pen & red ink and red ink wash
Initialed by the artist, lower left: “MS”
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12 X 8½ inches
Frame size: 21 X 17¼ inches
FC14028   $4,800
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Self Portrait in London

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Self Portrait in London

Pen & blue ink
Inscribed vertically, upper right: “London," estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12⅜ X 10 inches
Frame size: 21frac34 inches X 19 inches
Done during a visit to London with his family in the 1960s
FC14030   $3,800
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A Young Ballerina

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
A Young Ballerina

Pen & reddish brown ink, blue conté crayon
Signed, lower left, in red crayon
Provenance: Estate of the artist,; acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12 X 8¾ inches
Frame size: 21⅜ X 17¾ inches
FC15026   $4,800
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Female Nude, Holding a Towel

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Female Nude, Holding a Towel

Pen & brown ink, brown ink wash, red conté crayon
Signed in red crayon, lower left
Provenance: Estate of the artist: acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 13¾ X 10½ inches
Frame size: 23¼ X 19¾ inches
FC13022   $4,800
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Girl in a Deck Chair and Self Portrait

Moses Soyer 1899-1974
Girl in a Deck Chair and Self Portrait

Charcoal drawing
Estate stamp, lower right
Provenance: Estate of the artist, acquired from the artist's son
Sheet size: 12⅜ X 9¾ inches
Frame size: 21¾ X 19 inches
Done on an ocean liner going to are comeing from Europe in the 1950s/60s
FC14031   $3,800
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