Isabel Bishop

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I didn't want to be a woman artist, I just wanted to be an artist.

Isabel Bishop (3 March 190219 February 1988) was a major painter of Depression-era social realism. An example of which is her painting On the Street. She was also a pioneer of feminist art.

Quotes[edit]

  • I hope my work is recognizable as being by a woman, though I certainly would never deliberately make it feminine in any way, in subject or treatment. But if I speak in a voice which is my own, it's bound to be the voice of a woman.
    • 1978 statement, as quoted in The "New Woman" Revised : Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street (1992) by Ellen Wiley Todd, Ch. 7, p. 273.
  • I didn't want to be a woman artist, I just wanted to be an artist.
    • Statement (16 December 1982) as quoted in The "New Woman" Revised : Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street (1992) by Ellen Wiley Todd, Ch. 7, p. 273.
  • They would go off to college and when they come home they'd pick up their interest in me, like a parent ... One of my sister had me in Eton collars and tunics; then she went off and another came home and disapproved of those dull clothes and put me in some fancy little things. Everyone was trying to do something to me, except my mother. She was indifferent.
    • As quoted in The "new Woman" Revised: Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street, p. 56, by Ellen Wiley Todd. Editorial University of California Press, 1993. ISBN 0520074718.

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