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Artists' statement, 1947

Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987

Lithographer, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 2 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: A typed letter from Raphael Soyer to "Dear Fellow Artist," enclosing a statement from a "group of artists" regarding the "status of our profession today." The statement, approved by 31 artists, deplores the growing dominance of art theorists and museum officials who were causing art, particularly abstract art, to become esoteric and exclusive. Among the artists whose names appear on the statement are Jacob Lawrence, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, Edward Hopper, Xavier Gonzalez, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Soyer and his brother Moses, Isabel Bishop, and Abraham Rattner.

Biographical/Historical Note

Soyer was a painter; New York, N.Y.


Provenance uncertain.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N69-98 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Artists' statement, 1947. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.