Isabel Bishop Pencil Signed Nude Aquatint Etching 1961 Limited Edition of 25 Unmatted, Unframed


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Nude is an original aquatint etching by well known American artist Isabel Bishop. This original print was hand signed in pencil by Bishop and published in 1981 in a small Limited Edition of 25.

Title: Nude
Artist: Isabel Bishop - (1902-1988) - American artist
Technique: Original Etching from a Copper Plate
Dimensions: Sheeet size - 10 x 13, Image size - 3-1/2 x 6 inches.
Paper: Cream Wove Paper
Date Published: 1961, 1981
Edition Size: Outside of the Limited Edition of 25, printed by Stephen Sholinsky.
Signed: Signed in pencil by the artist, and with the printer's embossed stamp.
Reference: Isabel Bishop, Etchings and Aquatints: A Catalogue Raisonne (1985) by Susan Teller. The print is No. 56 in the catalog
Condition: Excellent condition without age toning, foxing, tears, or creases.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down.
Description: Isabel Bishop is considered one of America's finest urban artists. She created images of changing New York over a period of several decades. Although Bishop began making etchings in 1925, she rarely published an edition of her work.

In 1961 when this print was created, Bishop made a dramatic departure from her earlier etching style. She began using aquatint in her works and adopted a more free and open style of expression. She had planned to print an edition of 30, but only five were printed. In 1981 a full edition of 25 was printed by Stephen Sholinsky.

For her figurative prints Bishop used real models and drew directly onto a prepared copper plate, a method that gave the prints freshness and spontaneity.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Isabel Bishop was a distinguished printmaker, painter and illustrator, who worked in New York’s Union Square for over six decades. Bishop’s style was defined as urban realism and she best known for her etchings of average American women performing daily activities. Bishop specialized in genre scenes, and has been described as a genius at modeling the human figure. Her work grew and changed artistically throughout her 60-year career, however the figure remained her primary subject.

Bishop produced more than one hundred prints over six decades and worked in two types of intaglio (a print making process in which the ink goes beneath the original surface of the matrix). At first she used copper plate etching, and after 1959, copper plate etching with aquatint. She leased a studio in the northwest corner of New York’s 14th Street Union Square for 44 years (1934 to 1978). Bishop’s work illustrates the changing face of this famous Square from the 1930s Depression years, when it was filled with vagrants, through the years of war protest, to the students of the 1960s and 1970s. The many people, fountains and pathways of the Square form the core of Bishop’s work.

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