Author: Isabel Bishop (American, 1902–1988) Date: 1941 Medium: Oil on Masonite Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art
Isabel Bishop was a painter and graphic artist. During the 1920s and 1930s she developed a realist style of painting, primarily depicting women in their daily routine on the streets of Manhattan. Her work was greatly influenced by Peter Paul Rubens and other Dutch and Flemish painters that she had discovered during trips to Europe. She was widely exhibited in her lifetime, and was recognized with a number of awards including one for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. (adapted from Wikipedia)
In Tidying up, a woman, perhaps a secretary or sales person, uses a pocket mirror to check her teeth for lipstick smudges.
Bishop saw working women as participants in an American tradition of upward mobility and used active brushwork and the figure’s physical movement to express this social advancement. (source)