The transients of Depression-era New York City

Raphael Soyer, a Russian-born painter who moved to the Bronx in 1912, stuck to the social realist style of painting popular at the turn of the century, as exemplified in his sympathetic 1936 piece, Transients.


“Soyer developed his subjects from New York City’s poorer sections,” states one biography.

“Unlike the painters of the Ashcan School 25 years earlier, Soyer and his contemporaries did not view the city as a picturesque spectacle. Instead, they dwelt on the grim realities of poverty and industrialization.”

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3 Responses to “The transients of Depression-era New York City”

  1. oldpoet56 Says:

    Reblogged this on Truth Troubles: Why people hate the truths' of the real world.

  2. Steph Says:

    Raphael had two brothers: Moses and Isaac. They were artists too.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, talented brothers chronicling the 20th century.

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