Union Square 1929-30. Cole 17A. Lithograph. 7 1/8 x 8 3/4. Edition 25. A well-inked impression printed on white wove paper. With the blindstamp of the printer Jacob Friedland in the lower margin (partially trimmed). Signed and titled in pencil. $2,000.
One of five New York scenes produced by Soyer in 1929-30 (Cole 15-18). All were done in very small editons (10-25), and are therefore very rare.
Raphael Soyer lived at 1 Union Square. He is known for social realist figure and genre painting, lithography, teaching.
The term "Fourteenth Street School," originating in the early 1950s, refers to a group of New York painters who, during the 1920s and '30s, continued the tradition established by the Ashcan School a generation earlier of realistically portraying everyday life. The best remembered members of the group, who worked in the vicinity of Fourteenth Street and Union Square, are Kenneth Hayes Miller, Reginald Marsh, Raphael Soyer, and Isabel Bishop; also associated were Moses Soyer and Edward Laning.
This bronze equestrian portrait of George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States, is the oldest sculpture in the New York City Parks collection. It was modeled by Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886) and dedicated in 1856. The moment Brown depicts is that of Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783, when Washington reclaimed the city from the British. With outstretched hand, he signals to the troops in a gesture of benediction, a sculptural motif indebted to precedents from antiquity, most notably the Marcus Aurelius statue on Rome's Capitaline Hill. Yet Brown's attention to detail, and the life with which he infuses his subject, unites classical gestures and pose with what has been described as a "simple and direct naturalism." The piece was cast at the Ames foundry in Chicopee, Massachusetts, one of the first foundries in the United States capable of such large- scale quality work. The names of the donors are inscribed on the skyward face of the bronze sub-base. Brown also sculpted the statue of Abraham Lincoln on the north side of park.
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