Students Outdoors  / 1977

Bishop, Isabel
Late 20th century
Etching and aquatint


Catalog: Teller 75

Warm grey ink (not quite black) on pale ivory paper

Pencil signed

Edition: 97 / 100

Image: 12 ¾” x 7”

Sheet: 16 ¾” x 12”

Condition: very good / no tears, creases, fading or discoloration / no hinge remnants or other evidence of presentation


  • New York Public Library
  • Syracuse University
  • Clark Art Institute, MA
  • PrintsAmerica

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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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