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Artist's Table

1931 Isabel Bishop Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1902 Died: New York, New York 1988 oil on canvas 14 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. (37.2 x 44.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 45A

Exhibition Label

Bishop’s impeccable draftsmanship brought her recognition in the 1930s as one of the outstanding urban realists of the Fourteenth Street School, a group named for the area where Bishop, Reginald Marsh, Raphael Soyer, and several other artist friends portrayed the local scene. Artist’s Table offers an intimate glimpse of Bishop’s studio; the casual disarray of the painting table and partly opened drawer reveal the private space in which the artist worked.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Luce Center Label

Isabel Bishop painted a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of her studio, where old-fashioned glass bottles and muted shades of brown, orange, and gray conjure the rich smells of linseed oil and turpentine. The clutter of bottles and boxes, lit with raking light in a dusky space, evokes Bishop’s more famous figural paintings, which often show crowds of people milling about in lively urban spaces.


Still life - art tool

Still life - furniture - table

Still life - other - container


paint - oil

fabric - canvas