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Elmer Bischoff, 'Figure at Window with Boat' 1964


Elmer Bischoff, Figure at Window with Boat, 1964. Oil on canvas, 91 x 79 1/2 inches.

Our exhibition of figurative paintings by Elmer Bischoff has been reviewed by John Yau for Hyperallergic. Yau writes, "The eleven paintings in the exhibition date from 1954 to 1972, covering all but the first two years that he worked figuratively. I found the experience paradoxical: happy to see paintings from different phases while simultaneously wishing that there could have been a larger selection in a more spacious setting. Bischoff may have gotten his due in San Francisco, but he certainly hasn’t gotten it in New York, and I hardly think of him as a regional painter."


He concludes the review by noting that "...Bischoff comes out of the tradition of American painting that includes Ryder and Hopper, both of whom believed that loneliness was an inescapable condition. [David] Park and [Richard] Diebenkorn have had museum retrospectives and large monographs devoted to their work. Bischoff deserves the same."