Oral history interview with Raphael Soyer, 1981 May 13-June 1
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987
Brown, Milton Wolf, 1911-1998
Du Bois, Guy Pène
Sloan, John French
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Transcript: 70 pages.
Originally recorded 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 55 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Raphael Soyer conducted 1981 May 13-1981 June 1, by Milton Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Soyer speaks of his youth in Czarist Russia; coming to the United States in 1912; his and his brothers' early interest in art; his education at the Cooper-Union School and the National Academy of Design; early exhibitions of his work; artists who influenced him; artists whose portraits he painted; his philosophies of painting; realism in painting; subject matter which interests him; and his feelings about abstract expressionism. He recalls Guy Pene Du Bois, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John Sloan and Joseph Stella.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Raphael Soyer, 1981 May 13-June 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service. Funding for this interview was provided by the Wyeth Endowment for American Art.
Raphael Soyer (1899-1987) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001