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Isabel Bishop, American painter and printmaker, 1902-1988 | by Smithsonian Institution
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Isabel Bishop, American painter and printmaker, 1902-1988

Description: Isabel Bishop specialized in depictions of independent and self-sufficient young female figures in urban, working class settings. While her subject matter and incorporation of broken graphic lines was thoroughly modern, her style of painting incorporated layers of transparent glazes to create figures of monumental presence was a reflection of the techniques of old master painters. In 1937 she was appointed as the first full-time female faculty member of the Art Students League, an important art school in New York City.


Creator/Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in


Culture: American


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Repository: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives


Collection: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection - The Peter A. Juley & Son Collection is comprised of 127,000 black-and-white photographic negatives documenting the works of more than 11,000 American artists. Throughout its long history, from 1896 to 1975, the Juley firm served as the largest and most respected fine arts photography firm in New York. The Juley Collection, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1975, constitutes a unique visual record of American art sometimes providing the only photographic documentation of altered, damaged, or lost works. Included in the collection are over 4,700 photographic portraits of artists.


Accession number: J0001217

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