Isaac Soyer

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Isaac Soyer
BornApril 26, 1902

Borisoglebsk [1] or Tambov

[2](disputed), Russia
DiedJuly 8, 1981 Manhattan, New York, United States of America
Known forPainter
Notable work
Employment Agency, Portrait of My Father, Rebecca, and The Art Beauty Shop
MovementSocial realist

Isaac Soyer (April 26, 1902 – July 8, 1981) was a social realist painter and often portrayed working-class people of New York City in his paintings. [3]


He was the fourth of six children; his older twin brothers Moses Soyer and Raphael Soyer were also painters. In 1912, his parents emigrated from Russia to New York.[2] In his life, he created several paintings, the most notable being "Employment Agency".

A WPA artist, Soyer's "Employment Agency" reveals the social realities of the years of the Great Depression.

Soyer worked at a number of institutions in his life, mostly teaching art:

Isaac Soyer painted portraits of friends and relatives and vignettes of working-class life. Several of his principal works are in the collections of important museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Soyer died of a heart attack at Lenox Hill Hospital on July 8, 1981 at age 79 and was residing in Manhattan at the time. [5]


  1. ^ "Soyer". The Columbia Encyclopedia. 2001. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  2. ^ a b "Isaac Soyer". Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  3. ^ "Isaac Soyer". Smithsonian American Art Museum. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  4. ^ "Isaac Soyer". The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  5. ^ "Isaac Soyer, a Painter Of the American Scene". New York Times. 16 July 1981. Retrieved 2007-04-26.