Elmer Bischoff, Two Bathers, 1960, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1968.52.7
Painting the figure, as Bischoff and other Bay Area artists chose to do throughout the 1950s and 1960s, challenged the prevailing idea of what art ought to be. These California artists felt that pure abstraction could not convey all they wanted to express, and returned to images of the human body. Bischoff taught as he painted, avoiding the party line of powerful critics and allowing his students the freedom to paint from life.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
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68 x 64 5/8 in. (172.7 x 164.2 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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- oil on canvas
- Recreation – sport and play – swimming
- Figure group – nude
- Landscape – water
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