Elmer Bischoff

Elmer Bischoff Orange Sweater oil on canvas 48.5"x 57" 1955

The figurative paintings of San Francisco Bay Area painter Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) are influenced, informed and downright fired up by the expansiveness and warmth of Abstract Expressionism.

I can't think of a more perfect painting than "Orange Sweater", an amazingly fresh depiction of color, light and air. By the title "Orange Sweater", Bischoff seems to be saying that it really is all about the color, but I sense a strong emotional statement here.

The complexity of yourself being poured into the painting is the issue
-Elmer Bischoff

Elmer Bischoff, 1974
Mimi Jacobs, photographer

Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me an image along with a few sentences about the work.


  1. I'm not familiar with him. Thanks for the introduction!


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