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Moses Soyer
Artists on WPA
1935
oil
36 1/8 x 42 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Soyer



“During 1935 and 1936, I was employed by the WPA as a supervising artist to execute ten portable murals, the theme of which was ‘Children at Play.’ I was given a beautiful studio on 59th Street [in New York City] and a group of artists and models to assist me. The painting represents my assistants working on the murals after [my designs] had been traced onto canvas. . . . In the foreground my model Mary Anne is posing for Jacob Friedland, who built all the easels, props, stretched the canvases, etc. and kept us all amused and in good spirits by his stories and jokes.”

—Moses Soyer