Raphael Soyer

Soyer, Raphael. PASSER-BY. Etching, 1935 (Cole 40,). 9 5/16 x 6 7/8 inches; 237 x 175 mm. Edition of 2 or 3, per Cole, "about three" per Gettings, "Raphael Soyer Sixty-Five Years of Printmaking (Hirschorn catalogue)." signed in pencil.

Provenance, The Arnold Collection, New York, to Swann Gallies, New York, to a private New York collection. One of the rarest and among the finest of Soyer's early prints. In excellent condition.

This is the second example of this print we have owned. It differs from the example illustrated as Cole 40, and both are different from the other one we owned. It suggests that Soyer experimented with different states of this etching, and ended by abandoning it without producing and edition.