• Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Stony Jane
    1927
    oil on canvas
    24.5" x 19"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on canvas
    25.5" x 21"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Male Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on canvas
    27" x 23.5"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    oil on cnavas
    18" x 18"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    watercolor, graphite on paper
    18.5" x 17.75"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    charcoal on paper
    19.5" x 18.5"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    oil, watercolor, graphite on paper
    19.5" x 17"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    oil, watercolor on cardstock
    19" x 14.75"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on paper
    16" x 13"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Male Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on canvas
    9.5" x 7.75"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on canvas
    17.5" x 15"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil pastel on paper
    16.5" x 13"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    oil on canvas
    16.5" x 13"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (San-Tropez Landscape)
    c.1928
    oil on paper
    12.75" x 16"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    charcoal on paper
    19" x 14.75"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Portrait of Edgar Rupprecht
    c.1927
    charcoal on paper
    21.75" x 18.5"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    charcoal on paper
    19.75" x 16"

  • Isobel Steele MacKinnon
    Untitled (Female Portrait)
    c.1927
    charcoal on paper
    20" x 19.5"


PRESS RELEASE

 

Isobel Steele MacKinnon’s adventures as an American artist living and working in Europe echo those of many other expatriates of the epoch. What the couple encountered from 1925 to 1929 in the studio of German artist Hans Hofmann would rock the impressionist foundations of their artwork and transform them into committed modernists. In Chicago, MacKinnon’s approach had been relatively conventional, but under Hofmann she took to the new ideas with startling ease, absorbing his “push and pull” spatial concept and his deep investigations of the compositional consequences of hot and cold colors.

The exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey is drawn from the work MacKinnon produced during this exceptional period. It includes portraits, charcoal figure drawings, and the bright landscapes of Capri and St. Tropez painted during MacKinnon’s summer travels with Hofmann.