Sunday, March 17, 2019
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
Kasser Mochary Collection, "The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art
Changing mood a bit we go to this moment from a day in a seamstresses life. She might not have known that morning that an artist would want to be capturing her. Her sewing machine looks like the old Singer I have. Her skirt looks like many of the ones I wear. (And I've spent many of my years sewing! I never used the dress forms, though.)
Raphael Soyer depicted "the everyday moments in the lives of ordinary Americans. Growing up and studying art in New York, Soyer captured people in urban settings of the city such as office buildings, streets, and subways." He also worked "briefly for the WPA's Federal Arts Project (FAP) in the 1930s" where he "continued his documentation of the middle and lower classes." (From the info card)
"Soyer was adamant in his belief in representational art and strongly opposed the dominant force of abstract art during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Defending his position, he stated: "I choose to be a realist and a humanist in art." He was an artist of the Great Depression, and during the 1930s, Raphael and his brother Moses engaged in Social Realism, demonstrating empathy with the struggles of the working class." (Wikipedia)
Soyer wouldn't have likely liked Lipchitz' statue of the harlequin, but he had other things in common with Lipchitz, such as immigrating to America:
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