Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988

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Artist; interviewee married Harold G. Wolff.

From the description of Reminiscences of Isabel Bishop : oral history, 1956. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309726591

Painter; New York, (N.Y.). Died 1988.

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220201617

Painter; New York, N.Y.; d. 1988.

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 245521120

From the description of Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1959 Apr. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 312024942

Painter (New York, N.Y.). Died 1988.

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 May 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220182471

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 May 29 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007017

Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1987 Nov. 12-Dec. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646399400

From the description of Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220236642

Painter, New York, N.Y.; d. 1988.

From the description of Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1959 May 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 312024948

Painter; New York, N.Y. Died 1988.

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007016

From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220182453

Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to John Remsen Bishop and Anna Bartram Newbold Bishop. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Detroit, Michigan. As a child Bishop took art classes and had a growing interest in drawing. In 1918 at the age of 16 she left home and moved to New York City where she enrolled in the School of Applied Design for Women to be an illustrator. However, her real interest was in painting, not the graphic arts, and she enrolled in the Art Students League in 1920. There she studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Guy Pene du Bois and met many young artists, including Reginald Marsh and Edwin Dickinson, both of whom became close friends. She took classes until 1924 and rented a studio and living space on 14th Street in a neighborhood where many artists maintained studios at the time.

Bishop began exhibiting her work and participated in artist groups, including the Whitney Studio Club and the New Society of Artists. During the 1920s and 1930s she developed a realist style of painting, primarily depicting women in their daily routine on the streets of Manhattan. Her work was greatly influenced by Peter Paul Rubens and other Dutch and Flemish painters that she had discovered during trips to Europe. In 1932 Bishop began showing her work frequently at the newly opened Midtown Galleries, where her work would be represented throughout her career.

In 1934 she married Harold Wolff, a neurologist, and moved with him to Riverdale, New York. Bishop kept her studio in Manhattan, moving from 14th Street to Union Square. She remained in her Union Square studio for fifty years (1934-1984). From 1936 to 1937 she taught at the Art Students League and in 1940 her son Remsen was born. In 1941 she was named a member of the National Academy of Design and from 1944 to 1946 she was the Vice President of the National Institute of Arts & Letters, the first woman to hold an executive position with that organization. She wrote articles and joined other artists in speaking out in support of realist painting and against the abstract style that was dominating the New York art scene.

During her long career which lasted into the 1980s, Bishop exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, traveled throughout the U. S. as an exhibition juror, and won many awards for her work, including the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts presented by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

From the guide to the Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980. William Kienbusch papers, 1920-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-. Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zalesch, Saul,. Saul Zalesch collection of artists' letters, 1834-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. Denys Wortman papers, 1887-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Abraham Harriton Papers, 1915-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Mayer, Ralph, 1895-. Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer papers [ca. 1920]-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Murch, Walter. Walter Tandy Murch papers, 1880-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Nagler, Fred, 1891-1983. Fred and Edith Nagler papers, 1913-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mary Washington College. Annual exhibition of contemporary art. [Correspondence from artists whose paintings appeared in Mary Washington College annual exhibitions of contemporary art] / [various artists]. University of Mary Washington, Simpson Library
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Listening to pictures : interviews. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rapp, Gordon D. Interviews conducted by Gordon D. Rapp, 1981 & 1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chaim Gross Papers, 1937-1964 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel collection, 1976-1999. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel. [Isabel Bishop] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell, 1937-1989. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Luce, Molly, 1896-1986. Oral history interview with Molly Luce, 1981 Mar. 10-June 18. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Benton, William, 1900-1973. William Benton papers, 1940-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, 1965-1968 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Walter Tandy Murch papers, 1880-1970 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Delevante, Sidney, 1894-. Sidney Delevante papers, 1922-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-. Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1961-1971 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Moses Soyer papers, circa 1905-1974 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1987 Nov. 12-Dec. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Zalesch, Saul E. Saul Zalesch collection of artists' letters and documents, 1834-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991. Chaim Gross papers, 1920-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Letters, 1979, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 May 29 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [between 1947 and 1963]. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1959 Apr. 15. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Midtown Galleries records, 1904-1997 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.). Midtown Galleries records, 1904-1997. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Reminiscences of Isabel Bishop : oral history, 1956. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Lloyd Lózes Goff Papers, 1905-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Bridaham, Lester Burbank. Lester Burbank Bridaham papers, 1912-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell, 1897-1985 (bulk 1960-1985). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell [manuscript], 1870-1994. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Leon Kelly Papers, 1882-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991. Harper's Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, 1946-1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Harriton, Abraham, 1893-1987. Abraham Harriton papers, 1910-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Tooker, George. George Tooker papers, 1932-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 May 29. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell, 1932, 1946, 1975-1983. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Katz, Ethel, 1900-1982. Ethel Katz papers, 1880-1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974. Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Norman Kent Papers, 1920-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Alan Dunn and Mary Petty Papers, 1907-1972 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roberts, Colette, 1910-1971. Colette Roberts interviews with artists, 1961-1971 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907-. Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell, 1947-1998. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Francis, Emily A., 1879-1966. Emily A. Francis papers, 1930-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1959 May 29. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Seroka, Lenore. Lenore Seroka photographs, 1977-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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Relation Name
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers. corporateBody
associatedWith Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953. person
associatedWith Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987. person
associatedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973. person
associatedWith Blume, Peter, 1906-1992. person
associatedWith Bridaham, Lester Burbank. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963. person
associatedWith Canaday, John, 1907-1985. person
associatedWith Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Ciardi, John, 1916- person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Cunningham, Merce person
associatedWith Cunningham, Merce. person
associatedWith Delevante, Sidney, 1894- person
associatedWith Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982. person
associatedWith Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee. person
associatedWith Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-1978. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Guy Pène, 1884-1958. person
associatedWith Dunn, Alan, 1900- person
associatedWith Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973. person
associatedWith Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. person
associatedWith Folinsbee, John Fulton, 1892-1972. person
associatedWith Force, Juliana, 1876-1948. person
associatedWith Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907- person
associatedWith Francis, Emily A., 1879-1966. person
associatedWith Goff, Lloyd Lózes, 1917-1983 person
associatedWith Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel), 1904-1970. person
associatedWith Harriton, Abraham, 1893-1986 person
associatedWith Harriton, Abraham, 1893-1987. person
associatedWith Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison), 1883-1968. person
associatedWith Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison), ca. 1883-1968 person
associatedWith Isabel Bishop, person
associatedWith Johnson, Una E. person
associatedWith Katz, Ethel, 1900-1982. person
associatedWith Kearns, James person
associatedWith Kearns, James. person
associatedWith Kelly, Leon, 1901- person
associatedWith Kent, Norman, 1903-1972 person
associatedWith Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980. person
associatedWith Kitaj, R. B. person
associatedWith Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974. person
associatedWith Laning, Edward, 1906- person
associatedWith Lattimore, Richmond Alexander, 1906-1984. person
associatedWith Leighton, Clare, 1899- person
associatedWith Luce, Molly, 1896-1986 person
associatedWith Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. person
associatedWith Mayer, Ralph, 1895- person
associatedWith Midtown Galleries corporateBody
associatedWith Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, Kenneth Hayes, 1876-1952. person
associatedWith Moore, Henrietta, person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Morse, John D., 1906- person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895- person
associatedWith Murch, Walter. person
associatedWith Murch, Walter Scott person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nadelman, Cynthia person
associatedWith Nagler, Fred, 1891-1983. person
associatedWith Neel, Alice, 1900- person
associatedWith Neel, Alice, 1900-1984. person
associatedWith New Society of Artists (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pène du Bois, Guy, 1884-1958. person
associatedWith Pittman, Hobson, 1900-1972 person
associatedWith Porter, Fairfield. person
associatedWith Rapp, Gordon D. person
associatedWith Rattner, Abraham. person
associatedWith Roberts, Colette, 1910-1971. person
associatedWith Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978. person
associatedWith Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Seroka, Lenore. person
associatedWith Soyer, Moses person
associatedWith Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987. person
associatedWith Starr, Louis Morris, 1917-1980, person
associatedWith Sweeney, James Johnson, 1900- person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Tooker, George. person
associatedWith Van Veen, Stuyvesant. person
associatedWith Vonnegut, Kurt. person
associatedWith Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Westcott, Glenway. person
associatedWith Wolff, Isabel Bishop, 1902- person
associatedWith Wortman, Denys, 1887-1958. person
associatedWith Zalesch, Saul, person
associatedWith Zorach, William, 1887-1966. person
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New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (State)
Subject
Painters--New York (State)--New York
Artists--Interviews
Art, American
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Technology in art
Painting, Modern--20th century
Painting
Painters--Interviews
Painters
Women painters
Sculptors--Interviews
Art, Abstract
Women painters--Interviews
Realism in art
Women artists--Interviews
Women artists
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Birth 1902-03-03

Death 1988-02-19

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