Homage to Raphael Soyer by George Briddle, 1947

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The oil painting Homage to Raphael Soyer by George Briddle is a representational piece that was painted in 1947. This painting portrays a partially nude woman sitting in a chair seemingly taking a break from posing for the artist, who is presumably Raphael Soyer. This introspective portrait portrays the process that an artist must go through to reach a final product. The casual array of images scattered throughout the painting show the gradual progression from the casual sketch on the bottom left, to the more detailed drawing in the middle, then to the profile study on the right and finally to a finished painting on the far right side of the image. This left to right progression is easy for the viewer to follow because it is similar to the natural reading of language. Because Brittle illustrates the painstaking and time consuming process that the artist had to go through to reach the final product, viewers can appreciate the painting even more because they now understand the extensive process of artistic creation.

The plaster cast in the background is also very significant to the painting and the process because it conveys to the viewer that even though the artist is painting in a modern era, they have not forgotten their classical roots and techniques. Briddle also includes modern methods and aspect to this painting. For example the repeated picture within a picture is very interesting because it shows a three-dimensional object flattened and painted on a canvas that is then painted on another canvas.
Briddle depicts the characters in the painting as gloomy and exhausted by using facial clues with both subjects, which is not often portrayed so blatantly in the foreground of a work of art. In the portrait the two figures are obviously exhausted and their body language is portrayed as two very rigid objects. This stiffness that the characters exemplify creates a
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