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Isabel Bishop. American. 1902-1988

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The Fountain or Drink of Water. c. 1946-47. Ink on paper. 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 (sheet 4 1/4 x 5). Provenance: James Fosburgh; Raydon Gallery, New York. Initialed in pencil lower right. Housed in a 13 1/4 x 11 5/8-inch modern gold leaf frame. $1,750.

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Leaning on the Wall. 1927. Etching. Teller 4. 4 x 3 (sheet 11 x 8 7/8). Edition 100, #18 from the lifetime edition printed in 1967; there were only proofs earlier. A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream wove paper. Exhibited at the Newport Art Museum and Art Association, June 11, 2011 to October 16, 2011. 'Remembering the Ladies: Women and the Art Association of Newport.' Signed and dated in ink verso, possibly in another hand. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. $550.

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Noon Hour. 1935. Etching. Teller 18. 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 (sheet 11 3/8 x 8 1/2). Edition 250 published by Associated American Artists in 1946 (were a few earlier impressions from a proposed edition of 40). Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1936. A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream laid paper. Signed in pencil by the artist. $3,500.

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A member of New York's 14th Street School, Isabel Bishop is best known for her graphic art and urban subject matter. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she arrived in New York in 1918 at age of 16, where she studied illustration and painting. After marrying Dr. Harold Wolff in 1934, she lived in Riverdale but maintained her studio on Union Square near 14th Street until 1984. Bishop's work shifted focus-in her early artwork she had depicted realistically rendered nudes, but in New York she began to draw, etch, and paint the distinctly urban subject matter that surrounded her. After moving to Union Square in 1926, she became enamored of the area and its inhabitants. Shop girls, straphangers, laborers, and derelicts became her models as they traversed. By capturing their motions and gestures in prints, Bishop produced the walking figures for which she is best known. Bishop taught at the Art Students League as the only female full-time instructor from 1936 to 1937 and also at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. She received awards and prizes including an American Academy of Arts and Letters award (1943), an award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts presented by President Jimmy Carter (1979), and several honorary doctorates. She was the first woman to hold an executive position in the National Institute of Arts and Letters when she became vice-president in 1946.

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