This portfolio continues Raphael Soyer’s preoccupation with the representation of everyday life through the development of figurative images that convey natural gestures and attitudes. The lithographs were created by utilizing a transfer process wherein each image was drawn by the artists on Mylar and transfered to light sensitive plates, further corrected and developed, and then printed in either black and white or in four to six colors on Arches Cover White mould made paper. Each print identifies the sensitive and poetic development of drawing so recognizable in this artist’s work.
Born in 1899, Raphael Soyer came to the United States from Russia in 1912, and studied art at Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design, and at the Art Students League. He was the founder, along with such other realist artists as Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, of Reality , an influential art magazine of the 1950’s.
Technical virtuosity characterized Soyer’s work and charge it with subtle understatement, tenderness of subject, and sentiment, qualities which allowed him to explore life among New York’s poor without resorting to picturesqueness or satire. Soyer’s sense of humanistic passion makes his work special. His isolated and introspective portraits are universally admired and treasured.