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Elmer Bischoff
Born 1916 in Berkeley, CA
Died 1991 in Berkeley, CA
Figure in a Cove, 1964
oil paint on canvas
79 1/2 x 79 1/2 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
2002.10
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San Francisco native Bischoff, along with Richard Diebenkorn and David Park, launched the Bay Area Figurative movement in the early 1950s. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts, which included notable avant-garde artists Diebenkorn, Park, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and others. After working in an Abstract Expressionist style during the 1940s and early 1950s, Bischoff moved toward more recognizable imagery in his works, as evidenced in this painting.