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   Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancerís Head by Moses Soyer (1899-1974)



Watercolor, pen & black ink, black ink wash, graphite

Signed in red crayon, lower left

Provenance: Estate of the artist

Sheet size: 10 ĺ X 14 inches

Frame size: 20 3/8 X 22 ĺ 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.


Soyerís wife, Ida, was a featured dancer with the Helen Tamiris Modern Dance group throughout the 1930s and well into the 1940s. Helen Tamiris, together with Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, is considered one of the founders of Modern Dance.  As the artistís son, David, has pointed out: This connection was an important element in Mosesí use of dancers and dance themes in his art. Many people think my father painted and drew dancers because he was influenced by Degas. He did love Degas, but the real reason he painted dancers is that he was surrounded by them!


To my childís-eye memory, Ida was the most athletic in the group; the highest jumper, the longest leaper. She also studied, but did not perform, ballet. Ida and her dance colleagues served as Mosesí earliest models and as they grew older and moved to other aspects of their lives, he kept in close contact with later generations of dancers.



Inventory Number: FC13017


Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
Contact   Fletcher/Copenhaver Phone: 540 371 7540
Period: Mid 20th century 1950-79
Origin: USA
Condition: In excellent condition Framed using all acid-free materials and Conservation Clear Glass
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Price: $4800
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Moses Soyer (1899-1974), Seated Dancer; Study of a Dancerís Head, Watercolor, pen & black ink, black ink wash, graphite

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