Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
The Alice Bishop drawings in our collection were created in the Summer
of 1920 while she resided in the famed artist colony of
Ogunquit, Maine. Alice, and the other well-to-do female artists that
congregated along the ocean walk, were dubbed the “Virginal Wayfarers”
by the local fisherman. In long skirts and wide-brimmed hats they set
up their easels and sketch pads amidst the atmospheric coastline, boats
and fishing shacks that also drew artists like Marsden Hartley, Charles
Woodbury, Hamilton Easter Field and Robert Laurent to the same spot.
this summer we traveled to Ogunquit to visit their well-regarded museum
and meet with their art historians. Looking at our portfolio of over
twenty works on paper by Bishop, they told us that these were some of
the oldest surviving drawings of the area that they had ever scene.
Based on the date of August, 1920, they also determined that Bishop was
most likely studying under Russell Tabor Hyde who took in a small
number of students during the summers of 1919 and 1920.