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1945 Isabel Bishop Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1902 Died: New York, New York 1988 oil on fiberboard 25 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (63.7 x 42.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.7 Not currently on view

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“I have worked for more than twenty years in a studio at the north west corner of Union Square, New York. I have noticed regular denizens of the Square who, sitting on the benches or on the fountain, eating, sewing or rearranging their worldly goods in paper bundles, seem to be leading the most private of lives, entirely oblivious to the public character of the place. The not-beautiful forms of the fountain seem . . . to make a throne for the old man sewing his trousers; his billowing old overcoat [becomes] a robe.”

--Isabel Bishop

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Architecture - domestic

Figure male - full length

Occupation - domestic - sewing


paint - oil