The Lower East Side in 1933

Raphael Soyer, The Mission, lithograph with hand coloring in watercolor, 1933. Estimate: $12,000 to $18,000.
Two of Raphael Soyer's most prized lithographs appear in tomorrow's sale, Scenes of the City: Prints, Drawings & Paintings of New York 1900 - 2000. The Lower East Side, currently undergoing a renaissance and attracting a young, trendy crowd, was the bastion for Eastern European immigrants during the first part of the 20th century. By the Great Depression, those newly arrived immigrants and their children, as depicted in The Mission and Bowery Nocturne, had been struggling with tenement living and the closing of manufacturing plants for several years, as well as a flux of bread lines. 
 Raphael Soyer, Bowery Nocturne, lithograph with hand coloring in watercolor, 1933. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000.

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