After mentioning Bishop and Marsh in relation to Philip Guston and his social realist days I thought I’d follow up with some pix and thoughts.
What I was thinking about is how the linkage to the Old Masters is clear in the thinking and work of many of the artists of that time period, and whose work has been unfairly eclipsed by the conformist and at this point narcotic emphasis on early Modernism as standing for all that is important in 20th century American Art.
A characteristically wonderful Bishop portrait, ca. 1938:
A 1930 Reginald Marsh etching, Merry-Go-Round: