Choir Boy

Choir Boy

photo: Bruce M. White
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About This Work

Chaïm Soutine (French, 1893-1943)
Choir Boy, 1925
Oil on canvas
35.6 x 27.9 cm. (14 x 11 in.)
Signed lower right: Soutine


Monsieur Reichenbach, Paris; [sold to Katia Granoff (1895–1989), 18 June 1951]. Henry Pearlman, by June 1957; Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, by 1959.

Critical Perspective

Soutine made several paintings of choir boys, a nontraditional subject that draws attention to a lesser participant in the Roman Catholic liturgy. This boy soprano is the youngest of Soutine’s choristers, but he, too, seems to understand the importance of the words and music in the celebration of the mass.