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Isabel Bishop (Primary)

Two Women Standing

circa 1940
20th century
Medium & Support
Ink and ink wash on paper
Image: 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. , Sheet: 9 x 7 7/8 in.
Object Type
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Accession Number
In Copyright
© Estate of Isabel Bishop / DC Moore Gallery, New York

Two women standing in dresses. Woman on left has back turned to viewer and the woman on the right is turned showing her face and right arm. She is holding a cup.

Label History

Drawing upon the figurative tradition of the old master painters yet completely engaged with modern subjects, Bishop recorded life on the streets of New York City. She focused on her immediate environment around 14th Street and Union Square, where she lived and worked for over 55 years. The circle of artists around Bishop—later termed the Fourteenth Street School— included Reginald Marsh, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, and Kenneth Hayes Miller. The latter became an important mentor for Bishop beginning with her studies at The Art Students League of New York, influencing her subject matter, compositions, and technique. Bishop added her own perspective by focusing on the expressions and interactions of women.

Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Cindy Buckner

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