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
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
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 employed by the Works Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project and commissioned to do a number of works, including 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.
His awards include:
Childe Hassam Fund of the
American Academy of Arts & Letters
Thomas B. Clarke Award, 1964
Henry W. Ranger Purchase Prize, 1965
Salmagundi Club Award, 1964
Frank C. Kirk Memorial Award, 1966
Award of Merit, Audubon Artists, 1966
Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal, 1967
His work is found in many important private and 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 Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Keith Kissee. Richmond, Virginia
City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut
Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio
Museum of Arts & Science, Daytona Beach, Florida
Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art has curated several exhibitions devoted to the work of Moses Soyer. The first was Moses Soyer: The Message is People in 1996 at the Karshan Center of Graphic Art at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida and at the Polk Museum in Lakeland, Florida. In 2002, Fletcher/Copenhaver curated the exhibition Moses Soyer, Drawings and Watercolors: From Social Realism to Romantic Realism at the Ridderhoff-Martin Gallery of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.