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Office Girls

Bishop, Isabel

Office Girls

etching on paper

1989 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

Isabel Bishop was a Social Realist artist who sketched the daily activities of people at New York's Union Square. Her favorite subjects were working women, laborers, shoppers and loiterers - the same subjects favored by other Social Realist artists such as Reginald Marsh. Bishop drew human figures with loose, rhythmic lines and areas of cross-hatching. Her drawing style communicated volume and mood. She drew the two women in "Office Girls" in a constricted compositional space. The simple, generic background elements focus attention on the positioning of figures and their body gestures as they interact. Bishop imparts a sense of companionship, compatibility and understanding between the women with the mirror position of the legs and feet.