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Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Neel, Alice  Search this
Lattimore, Richmond Alexander  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Evergood, Philip Howard  Search this
Tooker, George  Search this
Head, Matthew  Search this
Brooks, Van Wyck  Search this
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina  Search this
Chappell, Warren  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Kitaj, R. B. (Ronald Brooks)  Search this
Deutsch, Babette  Search this
Arms, John Taylor  Search this
Kroll, Leon  Search this
Moore, Marianne  Search this
Vonnegut, Kurt  Search this
Schmidt, Katherine  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Delevante, Sidney  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Johnson, Una E.  Search this
Folinsbee, John Fulton  Search this
Ferber, Edna  Search this
Laning, Edward  Search this
Westcott, Glenway  Search this
Bacon, Peggy  Search this
Van Veen, Stuyvesant  Search this
Ciardi, John  Search this
Kearns, James  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Leighton, Clare Veronica Hope  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter  Search this
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers  Search this
New Society of Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
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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.
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.<br /> 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.<br /> 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.<br /> 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.<br /> Original artwork includes eight small sketchbooks, loose pen and ink sketches, intaglio prints, watercolor figure studies, and a drawing of Bishop by Aaron Bohrod.
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 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.
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
Women painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
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Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art