Ballerina, an Oil Painting by Moses Soyer, 1899-1974
An oil painting on canvas by the American artist Moses Soyer, 1899 – 1974.
Soyer was born in Borisoglebsk, Russian Empire, in 1899. His father was a Hebrew scholar, writer and teacher. His family emigrated to the United States in 1912. Two of Soyer’s brothers, Raphael (his identical twin) and Isaac were also painters. Soyer’s wife, Ida, was a dancer, and dancers are a recurring subject in his paintings. Soyer studied art in New York, first at Cooper Union and later at the Ferrer Art School, where he studied under the Ashcan painters Robert Henri and George Bellows. He had his first solo exhibition in 1926 and began teaching art the following year at the Contemporary Art School and The New School. He died in the Chelsea Hotel in New York while painting dancer and choreographer Phoebe Neville.
The painting is in excellent condition. There is a minor chip to the upper left corner of the frame. The canvas size is 20″ × 24″. The size framed is 26.5″ × 30.5″
An old exhibition label from Smith College is affixed to the back of the stretcher.
Interestingly, the figure of dancers has always lent itself to a compositional geometry. Consider there is nothing painted on a canvas that wasn’t intentional, that all the elements are put in place by a thoughtful artist to guide the viewer’s eye. This painting is a wonderful example. Degas is among the most well known artist of dancers with an eye to geometry. As applied to this painting. the horizontal and vertical lines, the outstretched leg, the raised arms, the x-form of the folding chair. It’s all there purposefully. One’s eye floats across the vignette portrayed with the purpose of the artist guiding the eye.
An old label, mostly removed, indicates it was with Debra Force Fine Art, New York.
- Depth: 2 Width: 26.5 Height: 30.5
- Lead Time
- 0-3 Weeks (Limited Edition)
- Early 20th Century
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