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Raphael Soyer , (Dec 25, 1899–Nov 4, 1987)

Self Portrait

13 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (33.66 cm x 24.77 cm)

Medium and Support: lithograph on wove paper
Credit Line: museum purchase
Accession Number: 1935.54


Soyer's most frequent model was himself. His series of self-portraits records his own physiognomic changes from youth to old age. Inthe 1933lithographic Self­ Portrait, one sees the artist's fascination with light as an aesthetic element. Seyer utilized the medium's capacity to render strong contrasts of light and dark, as well as a range of gray tones in order to solidly model three-dimensional form. Inthis composition, the significance of being an artist to Seyer's identity is emphasized by the depiction of a canvas at the left. It is probable that after Seyer drew his Self-Portrait onto a lithographic stone, it was printed by Jack Friedland, who printed most of Seyer's lithographs in the 1920s and early 1930s.

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