Two generations of female secretaries work in an office high above the city while the Chrysler Building and neighboring skyscrapers loom in the distance. A commentary on the role of women in the 1960s, Idelle Weber’s innovative composition strikes an unsteady balance between foreground and distance, solid forms and thin outlines, and painted silhouettes and sketched cityscapes.



  • Title: High Ceiling - You Won't Get This
  • Creator: Idelle Weber
  • Date Created: 1964
  • Location Created: New York City, NY, United States
  • Provenance: Collection of the artist to Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY; gift of Hollis Taggart to Chrysler Museum of Art, June 2013.
  • Physical Dimensions: 10 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 19.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Idelle Weber
  • Medium: Tempera and graphite on vellum

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