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Murder Mystery

A work made of oil and casein on canvas board.

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  • A work made of oil and casein on canvas board.

Date:

1945

Artist:

Margo Hoff
American, 1912–2008

About this artwork

In Murder Mystery, a reader sits in bed with his head buried in a book, captivated by a presumably gruesome, suspenseful tale. The leisurely pursuit of reading, like the movies, was a popular form of release in the mid-20th century—one that activated the imagination through the vivid arrangement of words rather than images. Chicagoan Margo Hoff created a cocoon-like world—the reader’s domestic space rendered in allover decoration of finely lined patterns and blocks of color. Hoff’s interest in abstraction is visible in these compositional details and she would turn more fully to a nonobjective vocabulary later in her career.

Status

On View, Gallery 263

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Margo Hoff

Title

Murder Mystery

Place

Chicago (Object made in)

Date

1945

Medium

Oil and casein on canvas board

Dimensions

76.2 × 50.8 cm (30 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Walter M. Campana Memorial Prize Fund

Reference Number

1946.50

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