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Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983

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Creator:
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988
Subject:
Arms, John Taylor
Bacon, Peggy
Blume, Peter
Brooks, Van Wyck
Canaday, John Edwin
Chappell, Warren
Ciardi, John
Cunningham, Merce
Delevante, Sidney
Deutsch, Babette
Dickinson, Edwin Walter
Evergood, Philip Howard
Ferber, Edna
Folinsbee, John Fulton
Force, Juliana
Hoffman, Malvina
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),
Johnson, Una E.
Kearns, James
Kitaj, R. B. (Ronald Brooks)
Kroll, Leon
Laning, Edward
Lattimore, Richmond Alexander
Leighton, Clare Veronica Hope
Marsh, Reginald
Moore, Marianne
Mumford, Lewis
Neel, Alice
Porter, Fairfield
Rattner, Abraham
Schmidt, Katherine
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)
Soyer, Raphael
Tooker, George
Van Veen, Stuyvesant
Vonnegut, Kurt
Watkins, Franklin Chenault
Westcott, Glenway
Zorach, William
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers
New Society of Artists (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
2.6 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The collection documents Bishop's painting career, her friendship with other artists, and her participation in several arts organizations. There are scattered biographical documents, correspondence with fellow artists such as Peggy Bacon, Warren Chappell, Edward Laning, and R. B. Kitaj, and with writers, curators, museums, galleries, arts organizations, and others. Also found are arts organization files, Bishop's writings about Warren Chappell and friend Reginald Marsh, notes, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material, photographs of Bishop and her artwork, and photographs of Reginald and Felicia Marsh. Original artwork includes 8 sketchbooks, loose sketches, prints, and watercolor figure studies.
Bishop was friends with many artists and cultural figures and her correspondence includes letters to and from artists such as John Taylor Arms, Peggy Bacon, Peter Blume, Warren Chappell (many letters from Chappell are illustrated), Sidney Delevante, Edwin Dickinson, Philip Evergood, John Folinsbee, Malvina Hoffman, Jo Hopper, James Kearns, Leon Kroll, Clare Leighton, Jack Levine, Alice Neel, Hobson Pittman, Fairfield Porter, Abraham Rattner, Katherine Schmidt, Henry Schnakenberg, Raphael Soyer, George Tooker, Stuyvesant Van Veen, Franklin Watkins, Mahonri Young, and William Zorach. Bishop not only corresponded with artists but also many poets, authors, historians, and dancers, such as Van Wyck Brooks, John Canaday, John Ciardi, Merce Cunningham, Babette Deutsch, Edna Ferber, Richmond Lattimore, Marianne Moore, Lewis Mumford, Kurt Vonnegut, and Glenway Westcott. Also found are letters from many galleries, museums, and schools which exhibited or purchased her work, including curators Juliana Force and Una Johnson.
Bishop kept files from her affiliations with the American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers and the New Society of Artists, containing mostly membership and financial records, and a file on a UNESCO conference. Unfortunately, files documenting her membership and vice presidency of the National Institute of Arts & Letters are not found here.
A small amount of Bishop's writings and notes include essays about friends and artists Reginald Marsh and Warren Chappell. Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements, news clippings, magazines, and a design by G. Alan Chidsey for a book about Bishop. Photographs depict Bishop with her husband and in her studio, her artwork, and also include three photographs of her friend, Reginald Marsh.
Original artwork includes eight small sketchbooks, loose pen and ink sketches, intaglio prints, watercolor figure studies, and a drawing of Bishop by Aaron Bohrod.
Citation:
Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2008 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding:
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are three oral history interviews with Isabel Bishop, April 15, 1959, May 29, 1959, and November 12-December 11, 1987.
The Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries loaned additional Bishop papers to the Archives for microfilming on reels NY59-4 and NY59-5. These items were returned to the lenders after microfilming and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Biography Note:
Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donated by Isabel Bishop, 1959-1983. Material was microfilmed as it was received during the period 1959-1971. Material received after 1971 was processed and microfilmed, with funds provided by the Bay Foundation. Portions of material on reels NY59-4 & 5 were lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries.
Digitization Note:
The papers of Isabel Bishop in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008 . The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 2,150 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Illustrated letters
Painters
Photographs
Prints
Realism in art
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Watercolors
Women painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9195
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211390
AAA_collcode_bishisab
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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