The Artist Birthday Series

Margo Hoff


Hoff first found success with her edgy, figurative work while still a student at the SAIC in the mid-1940s. At the transition point of this change from naturalism to stylization, in 1946, her career experienced its first major boost when the Art Institute purchased her oil painting Murder Mystery, which remains in its permanent collection, along with several other her works.

"Murder Mystery," by Margo Hoff, 1945
“Murder Mystery,” by Margo Hoff, 1945

She received four awards in annual Chicago and Vicinity Exhibitions, in 1945, 1946, 1950, and 1953. Her oil on board Untitled (Desert road) depicts a sleeping figure, rendered with muted colors in a simplified, abstracted landscape.

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