As winner of the Magnificent Mile Art Festival, 1955, Margo Hoff received a two-week stay in Paris and—more importantly—a one-man show at the Paris Wildenstein gallery, where 31 of her paintings were put on exhibition. Because of French customs regulations concerning American art, none of her paintings were allowed to be sold in France. Consequently, the entire Paris show returned to Chicago for display at the Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, 139 East Ontario.
For a more detailed description of these events, see "Reference/Newspapers," especially "1955," via this site's Categories, on the MargoHoff.com home page.
Publicity shot, Wildenstein Gallery, Faubourg St. Honore
Sketching on Place Furstenbourg, Paris
Celebration dinner, seated second from left
At the exhibition; the painting in the background, right, is "Ballet Lunch" (1950)
Mingling at the exhibition
The notation on the back of this photo reads: "Mr. Frederick Sweet, Curator of American Painting & Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago participating in selection of Hoff exhibition for Paris with Mr. Vladimir Vissen and Mr. J.W. Alsdorf (not shown)."
Directly behind Mr. Sweet at shoulder level is "Butterflies," Margo Hoff's winning entry in the Magnificent Mile Art Festival, 1955, which secured her a one-man show at the Wildenstein gallery in Paris. Other paintings in this photograph include (top right) "Dream of Flying" (1950); "The Lute Player" (resting on floor directly behind Mr. Sweet); "Three Babes" (leaning against radiator); "Murder Mystery" (1945) (to immediate right of radiator).
NOTE: MORE PARIS PHOTOS, BELOW, AFTER THE JUMP (Click on "Continue reading "Photographs: Paris 1955," immediately below.)
Press Conference at the Hotel George V, and Exhibition Photos
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Arthur Rubloff, Margo Hoff, and Max Blouet—Manager General of the Hotel George V.
The back of this press photo reads, in part: "Arthur Rubloff consults with Margo Hoff during a press conference at the Hotel George V in Paris about the program for the opening of her one-man exhibition in the Wildenstein Galleries Nov. 10 in Paris."
The press release accompanying the third photo reads: "Sorbonne students from home served as co-hostesses in Paris at press conference for Arthur Rubloff and artist Margo Hoff to meet European correspondents of American newspapers. Left to right at tea in the George Cinq Hotel, where the artist's party were guests of the management, are Nancy McGee, Janet O'Callahan who is daughter of Greater North Michigan Avenue Association member George O'Callahan, Arthur Rubloff who represented the sponsors at the Art Festival Paris Exhibition, Margo Hoff who won the 'Magnificent Mile' Paris prize, and Paul Ghali, Daily News correspondent in Paris."
Last photo: Promotional posters.
Publicity shot, Wildenstein Gallery, Faubourg St. Honore.
At the opening.
Out & About in Paris
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Sketching in the Paris Metro at 5 a.m.
Sketching in the Luxembourg Gardens—and attracting an audience.
Always sketching—this time in a cafe
Unfortunately there are no notations on this intriguing photograph
Wherever her travels took her, Margo always kept her sketchbook at hand