Mending

  • Isabel Bishop, Mending, 1945, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.7

Exhibition Label

“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

Title
Mending
Artists
Date
1945
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
25 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (63.7 x 42.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – domestic
  • Occupation – domestic – sewing
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1986.6.7
Palette
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