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1937 Isabel Bishop Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1902 Died: New York, New York 1988 pen and ink, ink wash, and pencil on paper sheet: 10 x 5 1/4 in. (25.3 x 13.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Frank McClure 1979.98.31 Not currently on view

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Bishop moved to her studio in Union Square in New York City in 1934 and spent much of her time sketching people in the area engaged in their everyday activities. She believed that drawings were crucial steps in planning a painting. Bishop dedicated herself to this kind of preparatory work to such an extent that she sometimes completed only four paintings per year. Bishop herself once stated, “A pen drawing will often contain everything that will become the final picture.”

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


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Recreation - sport and play - cards