The Message

  • Philip C. Curtis, The Message, 1978, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist, 2001.51.2

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Philip C. Curtis sometimes incorporated written words in his paintings to suggest a story beyond the picture frame. In The Message the simple sign invites us to wonder who will be back in one hour, when the hour began, and where they have gone. The brick-patterned frame makes us feel part of the image, as if the painting itself is a doorway to another world. To step through would lead to a corridor of doors, eventually to a window and blue sky beyond. That distant window suggests that “back in one hour” might never happen.

Title
The Message
Artists
Date
1978
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
25 3/4 x 8 in. (65.4 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of the artist

Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – window
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – door
  • Object – other – sign
Object Number
2001.51.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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