Isabel Bishop, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian Institution, J0001217
Isabel Bishop
Date: American painter and etcher, 1902–1988
Biography: Born in Cincinnati and raised in Detroit, at age 16 Bishop moved to New York City to study illustration at the School of Applied Design for Women. After two years, she enrolled at the Art Students League where she studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Guy Pène du Bois in the 1920s. A realist, Bishop is best known for her images of urban women engaged in ordinary activities. From 1934 through 1984, Bishop kept a studio on Union Square in New York, where she observed and chronicled the everyday lives of New Yorkers.