description of Orange Sweater by Elmer Bischoff

Rendered in soft, pale creams, ochers and greens, and loose, expressive brushstrokes, this oil painting — which measures four feet tall and almost five feet wide — features two separate people – both apparently Caucasian – sitting in an open room with high ceilings. A grid of square glass windows to our immediate left reveals hints of the outside world. In the rear, a series of larger receding square panels, which comprise the room’s far wall, are suffused with a hazy light. Dressed in an orange sweater and with a head of dark brown hair, the titular figure sits near us at a minimally defined table, centered in the bottom half of the canvas, head down as if reading. A second figure, dressed in a mustard yellow shirt, sits further away on our right, head up, but with features even less detailed than the first.

Elmer Bischoff, Orange Sweater, 1955
Elmer Bischoff, Orange Sweater, 1955; oil on canvas, 48 1/2 in. x 57 in. (123.19 cm x 144.78 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schorer; © Estate of Elmer Bischoff
Elmer Bischoff, Orange Sweater, 1955

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Orange Sweater
Artist name
Elmer Bischoff
Date created
oil on canvas
48 1/2 in. x 57 in. (123.19 cm x 144.78 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schorer
© Estate of Elmer Bischoff
Permanent URL
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900 (2018)

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