Ivan Albright

1897–1983

Biography

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (February 20, 1897 – November 18, 1983) was an American painter, sculptor and print-maker most renowned for his self-portraits, character studies, and still lifes. Due to his technique and dark subject matter, he is often categorized among the Magic Realists and is sometimes referred to as the "master of the macabre".

From a family of artists and artisans, Ivan emerged on the American art scene in the 1930s and established a reputation as one of the most enigmatic of the American Realists. He shocked, awed and upset the viewing public through his emphasis on the fragility of the body, flesh and human condition with such works as The Lineman (1928), That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door) (1931), and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1943). His desire to highlight the minute detail and texture of every surface often required him to spend years or decades on a single painting.

While Ivan Albright's works can be found in museums throughout the United States, the most important repository of his works is at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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