Elizabeth Bishop’s Other Art

Elizabeth Bishop: Daisies in Paintbucket. Watercolor and gouache, 10½ x 9½ inches. Used as the jacket illustration for One Art: Letters. The lyrical, semi-abstract array of flowers--in short strokes and freely drawn delicate lines--fans out over the paint bucket, which is placed dead center and as far front as possible. It has the aplomb of a masterpiece.

This year is the centenary of the birth of Elizabeth Bishop, one of the most celebrated figures in American poetry, and several new collections of her prose, poems, and correspondence have been published to commemorate it. Her work is a widely recognized force in American poetry. Far less known is that Bishop was also an accomplished artist.