Isabel Bishop (1902 - 1988)
Painter and print maker Isabel Bishop was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a well-to-do and highly educated family. When her parents moved to Detroit, the young artist took life drawing classes at the John Wicker Art School and, upon graduating from high school, moved to New York, where she began two years of formal study in illustration at the New York School of Applied Design for Women followed by four years of study at the Art Students League, where she studied painting under Kenneth Hayes Miller, Max Weber, among others, becoming in time the only full-time woman instructor on the ASL faculty. It was from Miller that she learned and adopted a style in the manner of baroque Flemish painting and used it to portray the everyday lives of women in New York City, based in her long-time loft near Union Square. Through her work, Bishop depicted the changing lives of women as they became more self-aware, self-confident, and autonomous.
In addition to many private collections, Bishop’s work is held by numerous institutions including The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; The Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C; and the Art Institute of Chicago. She died in New York City.
Single Strap Hanger
Etching, 1940 (printed 1981); edition of 25. Image size 3¼” x 8-3/8”; sheet size 10” x 13-1/8”. Printed by Stephen Sholinsky; numbered XVIII / XXV and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Sholinsky’s blind stamp in lower right-hand corner of the sheet. A fine impression in fine condition.
In The Bus
Drypoint, 1947; edition not stated. Image size 3-3/8" x 4-7/8"; sheet size 7" x 8-5/8". Published by The Miniature Print Society, Hicksville, New York. A fine impression in overall fine condition, furnished in its original presentation folder with accompanying descriptive bulletin.