Bishop / Walking in the Park / image

Walking in the Park / 1958

Bishop, Isabel
Mid-20th century


Pencil signed

Catalog Raisonne: Teller 52B

Black ink on pale ivory paper

Never editioned, only a few proofs exist

Annotated at bottom left corner: 52B Test Plate

Image size: 9 ½” x 6 ⅜”

Sheet size: 10” x 13”

Condition: very good

1 in stock


Product Description

bishop-isabel-2Isabel Bishop (1902—1988) ranks among the great 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. Walking in the Park was printed by sholinsky in 1985 and signed by Bishop.

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Bishop, Isabel






Mid-20th century