Two Men (or) Reading the Newspaper / 1931

Bishop, Isabel
Early 20th Century


Note: this print will appear in an exhibition at the Susquehanna Art Museum from August 13 through October 17, 2021. It can be purchased now, but won’t be available Until October 20.

Catalog: Teller 14

Black ink on ivory paper

Stamp signature, not pencil signed

From edition of 50 printed in 1989 by Stephen Sholinsky, after Bishop’s death ( a few earlier proofs were printed by Bishop)

Condition: very good / no tears, creases, fading, discoloration, or hinge remnants


  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

1 in stock


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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