1980 Raphael Soyer Born: Borisoglebsk, Russia 1899 Died: New York, New York 1987 oil on linen 56 1/8 x 50 1/8 in. (142.5 x 127.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.98 Not currently on view
Raphael Soyer once said, “If art is to survive it must describe and express people, their lives and times. It must communicate.” Throughout his life, Soyer explored the inner individual. Annunciation is a quiet painting of two young women caught in a moment of introspection. The biblical title, which refers to the moment when an angel tells the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Messiah, is a clue to an implied meaning about regeneration and the mystery of life.
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Architecture Interior - domestic - bathroom
Figure group - female
Recreation - leisure - grooming
paint - oil
fabric - linen