Raphael Soyer approached pastel in a relatively conservative manner, entirely covering the paper with carefully modeled forms. Elements of this composition (including the strong vertical elements that break up the space), as well as the subject of dancers, make reference to the work of the French Impressionist and progressive pastellist Edgar Degas.
Pastel on grey wove paper
24 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (61.6 x 46 cm)
Framed: 28 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (73 x 57.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in graphite: "RAPHAEL SOYER"
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Raphael Soyer (American, born Russia, 1899-1987). Two Dancers, ca. 1935-1940. Pastel on grey wove paper, 24 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (61.6 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 40.85. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.85_PS2.jpg)
overall, 40.85_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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