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Annunciation

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


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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

Keywords

Architecture Interior - domestic - bathroom

Figure group - female

Recreation - leisure - grooming

painting

paint - oil

fabric - linen

About Raphael Soyer

Born: Borisoglebsk, Russia 1899 Died: New York, New York 1987

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