Bellydancers, twenty minute sketch, charcoal and charcoal pencil on Kraft paper. No, it isn't blurry. You are seeing the marks and the erasings.
Yesterday, at Goodwill, I found what I believe to be an original lithographic print by American artist Raphael Soyer (1899-1987). I practically jumped up and down in excitement! A dog could not be more excited at finding a bone than I was in finding this. So, some background: In 1912, Soyer's family emigrated from Russia to escape the persecution of the Jews and settled in New York City, in the Bronx. Raphael, his twin brother Moses, and their brother Isaac all trained as artists and became part of the movement known as Social Realism. I have written previously about the sweet humanity of Giotto's works. I see the same quality in Soyer's pieces. Here is the lithograph, in a crappy iPhone photo, which I took in a hurry before I drove directly to a framing place to have in rematted with acid-free board, backed with same, and reframed. Such a wonderful find.
And, for information about the artistic movement known as Social Realism, check out what MOMA has to say: http://www.moma.org/collection/theme.php?theme_id=10195
And, no, it is not the same thing as Socialist Realism, which was the official artform of the USSR.
What a find!