Isabel Bishop
American, 1902-1988

Girls' School, Recess,

Extended loan from the Lydia and Warren Chappell Collection
EL 1975.15.40

Bishop's very important art is modestly heroic, mastering traditional form yet submitting it to the vital flickering confusion of passing modern life. Her ordinary women are as strong as Renaissance male elegant swaggerers; but she demonstrates the pathos of the smallest of our gestures. Yet, somehow, a cosmic texture webs her work. Her people are one with the stippled time-space continuum. And she especially loved walkers: "I have come to think that walking is absolutely beautiful...I was struck by the beauty...of a crowd of people in motion...the air became solid, it was a continuum, this ambience in which this beautiful interchange took place."

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