Biography of Ivan Albright (1897-1983)

American painter born in North Harvey (Illinois, United States) on February 20, 1897, with the full name of Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, and died on November 18, 1983 in Woodstock.

He studied at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and at the University of Illinois in the years preceding the first world war. After the war, he/she entered the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and, during a short period of time, at the Academy of fine arts in Pennsylvania and at the National Academy of design in New York City.

In 1927 he/she settled down in Warrenville (Illinois), near Chicago, where he/she completely to painting. In 1930 he/she completed the world came a soul called Ida (Into the World Came to Soul Called Ida), portrait of a prostitute ajada and old looking in a mirror. Famous for his love of detail and his hyperrealistic depictions of decay and corruption, the artist conveys masterfully in this box the ravages of the passage of time. That same year, in Chicago, he/she exhibited his work in solo for the first time.

What should have been started in 1931 did not (That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do), canvas which represents a decrepit and worn door over which hangs a funeral wreath. He/She finished the work, considered one of his masterpieces, in 1941. The portrait (1943-1944) painted for the final stage of the dissolute life of the protagonist of the portrait of Dorian Gray definitely consolidated its fame. Other of his works of renown are God created man in his own image (God Created Man In His Own Image) (1929-30) and portrait of Mary Block (Portrait of Mary Block) (1955-56). Clarity, supernatural light and proliferation almost hallucinatory of detail are characteristic of most of his works.