Women Walking in the Subway Station

Accession Number

Women Walking in the Subway Station

Isabel Bishop

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching on paper

16 9/16 in x 14 1/16 in x 1 3/16 in (42 cm x 35.7 cm x 3 cm);8 1/4 in x 6 in (21 cm x 15.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Clan Crawford, Jr.

Subject matter
The subway is a recurring subject in Bishop's etchings. Hundreds of people pass through a subway station everyday making it the perfect setting for Bishop. Bishop was interested in the mundane moments in the lives of New Yorkers, especially young women. The subway was a liberating form of transportation  for women as it enabled them to travel farther and without the expected accompaniment of a man. Here, the movements of three unidentifed women are captured as they pass through the subway station.

Physical Description
An etching of two women walking in high-heels towards the right and one woman standing in the middle, her face obscured. The woman to the far right carries a handbag. All three women wear knee-length skirts.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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street scenes
subway stations
women (female humans)

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