Moses Soyer

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Moses Soyer
Born (1899-12-25)December 25, 1899
Borisoglebsk, Tambov
Died September 3, 1974(1974-09-03) (aged 74)
New York
Known for Painting
Movement Social Realism

Moses Soyer (December 25, 1899 – September 3, 1974) was an American social realist painter. He died in the Chelsea Hotel in New York while painting Phoebe Neville.[1]


Soyer was born in Borisoglebsk, Russia, in 1899. His father was a Hebrew scholar, writer and teacher. His family emigrated to the USA 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.[2]

Soyer studied art in New York, first at Cooper Union and later at Ferrer Art School, where he studied under the Ashcan painters Robert Henri and George Bellows.[3] He had his first solo exhibition in 1926 and began teaching art the following year at the Contemporary Art School and The New School.[4][5]


"Capturing Artists" by Jeffrey Sussman, published in The East Hampton Star, recounts the author's friendship with Moses Soyer and the photographic studies he did of him.

  1. ^ The London Review of Books, Letters, (Phoebe Neville) 6 March 2014, page 6
  2. ^ Jewish Renaissance, October 2009, p. 43.
  3. ^ "Moses Soyer: Biography". American Art at the Phillips Collection. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Moses Soyer". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Goodman, Susan T. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Oxford University Press. p. 521. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Moses Soyer. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1962.

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