Isabel Bishop American, 1902-1988


Isabel Bishop's creative strengths were impeccable draughtsmanship, a sensitive handling of light, and an uncanny awareness of the moment at which an action must be frozen to imply motion. Bishop stated hat her earlier work was about the capacity for movement, while her later works portrayed movement itself.


In 1934, Isabel Bishop leased a studio on Union Square in New York City where she spent the remainder of her career depicting the blue-collar workers, shop girls, students, and secretaries who lived there. Sometimes grouped with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Reginal Marsh as the Fourteeth Street School, Bishop remains America's most distinctive depicter and visual poet of working women.