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

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
Not on view at this time.

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