Soyer, Moses Title: Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancer’s Head

Soyer, Moses Title: Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancer’s Head


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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

(partial listing)


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.

Collection: An Exhibition of American and European Fine Art from the 19th through the 21st Centuries by Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art

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