Bishop, Isabel 436

In the Bus / 1947

Bishop, Isabel
Mid-20th century


Black in on tan paper

Catalog raisonné: Teller 41

Pencil signed

Edition of probably 200, published 1950

Image: 3 ⅛” x 4 ⅞”

Sheet: 7” x 8 ½”

Condition: very good / no tears or creases / extremely faint (*about 5%) darkening from former mat window / two small hinge remnants on back


  • The Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC
  • Library of congress, DC
  • National Gallery of Art, DC
  • Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

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Product Description

ISABEL BISHOP (1902—1988) ranks among the most respected figures in American art history. Her drawings, prints and paintings are critically acclaimed, and collected at the highest level.

Bishop’s late work (roughly 1960 onward), primarily addresses her fascination with pedestrian movement.

For Bishop, etching was a way of “testing” her drawing ideas, to see if they held up in a more austere medium. If satisfied, she would enlarge the etchings onto panel for further development in the language of painting. Many of her etchings are precise blueprints for multiple, large paintings. (Bishop was dismayed that some contemporary critics heaped attention and praise on her drawings and prints, at the expense of her paintings.)

Some artists print their own work, and some entrust the task to other experts. Bishop printed proofs throughout much of her lifetime, often in tiny quantities. However, many of the plates were not editioned until the 1980s, then by master printer Stephen Sholinsky, whose embossed chop appears at the lower right corner of the sheet.


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Bishop, Isabel




Mid-20th century