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Women Walking, No. 1

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Women Walking, No. 1

Artist: Isabel Bishop (American, 1902 - 1988)
Date: 1963
Medium: Oil and tempera on gesso panel
Overall: 36 x 40 in. (91.4 x 101.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center's Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women through Bequest, 2003.307
Accession number: 2003.307
Classification: painting
Label Text Starting in 1934, Bishop worked from a second floor studio in New York City that overlooked Union Square. She often gazed through the studio’s large windows at noon, observing shop girls and women office workers on their lunch hour. Bishop translated her observations into numerous drawings, prints, and hazy, atmospheric paintings such as Women Walking, No. 1. Unlike the sexualized images of women produced by many of her male contemporaries, Bishop’s figures are recognizable and individualized. Walking separately yet pictured together, they represent a bold generation of working women as they navigate the remainder of their day. October, 2020.
SignedUnsigned - see undated letter from artist in file
InscriptionIsabel Bishop (l,l)
Exhibition History"The Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women", University of Iowa, March 24 - May 13, 1990; DMAC, May 25 - August 5, 1990

"Isabel Bishop Retrospective," Whitney Museum of American Art, 1977

"Iowa Collects," Des Moines Art Center, 1973

"Isabel Bishop Retrospective," Midtown Galleries, N. Y., 1967

"Annual Exhibition of Painting," Whitney Museum of American Art, N. Y., 1963
Paper/SupportGesso panel
Published ReferencesKarl Lunde, ISABEL BISHOP, Harry N. Abrams Inc., N. Y., 1975, cat. no.149, color ill.

"Isabel Bishop Retrospective," Midtown Galleries, N. Y., 1967, exh. cat. no.14

WOMEN IN HISTORY, Scott, Foresman and Company, Glenview, IL, 1989, color cover ill.

U of I, 1990, Conklin ed., p.6-7 (illustration)
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