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Raphael Soyer

Artist
Rhoda Sherbell, born 1938
Foundry
Elliot Gantz & Co. Inc.
Sitter
Raphael Soyer, 25 Dec 1899 - 4 Nov 1987
Date
2001 cast after 1967 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Socle footprint: 30.5 x 55.9cm (12 x 22")
Object: 78.7 x 40.6 x 55.9cm (31 x 16 x 22")
Has no base
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Marc and Susan Weinstein
Restrictions & Rights
© 1967, Rhoda Sherbell
Object number
NPG.2001.72
Exhibition Label
As an artist, Raphael Soyer remained loyal to the realist tradition and to his passion for depicting the human texture of modern life, especially as he encountered it on the streets of his home, New York City. He was never tempted to experiment with the various forms of abstraction that became current during his long career. Of the American artists who chose this traditional course in the twentieth century, he easily ranks among the most respected.
Soyer posed for Rhoda Sherbell for a week in 1967; he was a very small man, and the artist emphasized his slight, almost birdlike quality in the sculpture.
Provenance
Dr. Marc and Susan Weinstein; gift to NPG 2001
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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