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Ivan Albright



Albright attended Northwestern University, but dropped out and took up studies in architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During World War I he did medical drawings for a hospital in Nantes, France, morbid work that probably influenced his later style. After working in architecture and advertising briefly he was pushed away by commercialism and took seriously to painting. After living in Philadelphia through most of 1925 and 1926, he returned to Illinois, where he began to achieve some substantial success, having his first show in 1930.



A bachelor until the age of 49, Albright married Josephine Medill Patterson Reeve, a newspaper heiress, in 1946. They had four children—two from her previous marriage and two of their own. The marriage ensured Albright’s financial stability. He continued to paint and travel extensively throughout his life. He made a final etching, a self-portrait, just a few days before his death in 1983 at his home in Woodstock, Vermont.



Durant toute sa vie Albright fut un artiste prolifique, travaillant comme imprimeur, graveur aussi bien que peintre. Il fabriquait ses propres peintures et fusains, et montait lui-même ses toiles sur châssis. Il était extrêmement tatillon pour le détail, créant des installations raffinées pour ses toiles avant de commencer le travail. Il était obsédé par la lumière au point de peindre en noir son atelier, et de porter une blouse noire pour éviter toute lumière parasite.

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In 1943 he was commissioned to create the title painting for Albert Lewin's film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. His realistic, but exaggerated, depictions of decay and corruption made him very well suited to undertake such a project. His brother was chosen to do the original uncorrupted painting of Gray, but the painting used on the film was from Henrique Medina. Ivan made the changes in the painting during the film. This original painting currently resides in the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1927 Albright settled in Warrenville, Illinois, near Chicago. Independently wealthy, he devoted himself to painting. In 1930 he completed Into the World Came a Soul Called Ida, a portrait of an aging, flabby woman looking into a mirror. Ultrarealistic, it conveys the ravages of time with startling surface detail. His first one-man show was held in Chicago the same year.

Ivan Albright et son frère jumeau Malvin sont nĂ©s près de Chicago Ă  North Harvey, dans l'Illinois, de Adam Emory Albright et Clara Wilson Albright. Leur père Ă©tait peintre de paysage, et venait d'une famille de maitres armuriers dont le nom original Ă©tait « Albrecht ». Les deux frères furent insĂ©parables durant l'enfance, et une partie de l'âge adulte. Tous deux s'inscrivent Ă  l'Art Institute de Chicago. Ă€ la suite d'un pile ou face, le hasard dĂ©cida qu'Ivan Ă©tudierait la peinture et Malvin la sculpture. Durant ses annĂ©es de formation, Ivan, admire en particulier l'Ĺ“uvre du Greco et de Rembrandt, mais il dĂ©veloppe assez vite son propre style.

You are here: Home > Visiting > History / Historical Sites > Albright Family History Albright Family History It was inevitable that Warrenville’s tranquil beauty would attract artists. Celebrated oil painter, Adam Albright moved to the town in 1924, with his wife and three sons. He was known for his large canvases, picturing young children in sunny outdoor settings. For models, he used his three children and later many of the youngsters in Warrenville. Ivan Albright had no interest in his father’s impressionistic style. He became a pioneer in the field of “magic realism,” a style that portrayed a very graphic view of human mortality. Like his father, many of his models were Warrenville residents. His best-known work was The Picture of Dorian Gray, painted for the motion picture of the same name released in 1945. Ivan’s last visit to Warrenville in 1978 was wonderful. The City declared Ivan Albright Day and a full day of festivities was planned. Ivan, being a friendly fun-loving man, charmed everyone. On the 100th anniversary of Ivan Albright’s birth, February 20, 1997, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a major show of his work. Appears the Man, a photograph of Ivan Albright and his most famous work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, can be found in the Warrenville Gallery located at Warrenville’s City Hall. order+='ModuleContent\n'

À la fin de sa vie il vivait à Woodstock, dans le Vermont. En dépit du temps passé à voyager à travers le monde, il n'a jamais cessé de travailler. Dans les trois années qui lui restèrent à vivre Albright fit plus de vingt autoportraits, dessinant les derniers sur son lit de mort en 1983.

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It was inevitable that Warrenville’s tranquil beauty would attract artists. Celebrated oil painter, Adam Albright moved to the town in 1924, with his wife and three sons. He was known for his large canvases, picturing young children in sunny outdoor settings. For models, he used his three children and later many of the youngsters in Warrenville. Ivan Albright had no interest in his father’s impressionistic style. He became a pioneer in the field of “magic realism,” a style that portrayed a very graphic view of human mortality. Like his father, many of his models were Warrenville residents. His best-known work was The Picture of Dorian Gray, painted for the motion picture of the same name released in 1945. Ivan’s last visit to Warrenville in 1978 was wonderful. The City declared Ivan Albright Day and a full day of festivities was planned. Ivan, being a friendly fun-loving man, charmed everyone. On the 100th anniversary of Ivan Albright’s birth, February 20, 1997, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a major show of his work. Appears the Man, a photograph of Ivan Albright and his most famous work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, can be found in the Warrenville Gallery located at Warrenville’s City Hall.

You are here: Home > Visiting > History / Historical Sites > Albright Family History Albright Family History It was inevitable that Warrenville’s tranquil beauty would attract artists. Celebrated oil painter, Adam Albright moved to the town in 1924, with his wife and three sons. He was known for his large canvases, picturing young children in sunny outdoor settings. For models, he used his three children and later many of the youngsters in Warrenville. Ivan Albright had no interest in his father’s impressionistic style. He became a pioneer in the field of “magic realism,” a style that portrayed a very graphic view of human mortality. Like his father, many of his models were Warrenville residents. His best-known work was The Picture of Dorian Gray, painted for the motion picture of the same name released in 1945. Ivan’s last visit to Warrenville in 1978 was wonderful. The City declared Ivan Albright Day and a full day of festivities was planned. Ivan, being a friendly fun-loving man, charmed everyone. On the 100th anniversary of Ivan Albright’s birth, February 20, 1997, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a major show of his work. Appears the Man, a photograph of Ivan Albright and his most famous work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, can be found in the Warrenville Gallery located at Warrenville’s City Hall.

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (February 20, 1897 – November 18, 1983) was an American magic realist painter and artist, most renowned for his self-portraits, character studies, and still lifes. His dark, mysterious works include some of the most meticulously executed paintings ever made, often requiring years to complete.

In 1931 Albright began That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door), which shows a scarred, decrepit door on which is hung a funeral wreath. Albright completed it in 1941, and in 1942 the work won both the Temple Gold medal at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the medal for best picture in the “Artists for Victory” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He went on to gain fame with his portrait of the final stage in the dissolute life of the title character in the film The Picture of Dorian Gray (1943–44). Among his other works are God Created Man in His Own Image (1929–30) and Portrait of Mary Block (1955–56). The pale, unearthly light and hallucinatory proliferation of detail in Albright’s paintings convey an atmosphere of age and decay with morbid emotional intensity. Although his style defies simple stylistic categorization, the combination of intense realism with garish colour contrasts have led most art historians to associate his work with magic realism.

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Among Albright's typically dark, mysterious works are some of the most meticulously executed paintings ever made, often requiring years to complete. Lace curtains or splintered wood would be recreated using brushes of a single hair. The amount of effort that went into his paintings made him quite possessive of them. Even during the Great Depression he charged 30 to 60 times what comparable artists were charging, with the result that sales were infrequent. In order to survive he relied on the support of his father, and took odd carpentering jobs. An early painting of his, The Lineman won an award and made the cover of Electric Light and Power, a trade magazine. However his stooped and forlorn portrayal caused controversy among the readership, who did not consider such an image representative. The editors later distanced themselves from Albright's work.

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En 1943 il reçoit la commande pour faire le Portrait de Dorian Gray pour l'adaptation au cinéma par Albert Lewin du roman d'Oscar Wilde. Sa description réaliste, mais exagérée, des signes de maladies et de corruption en faisait l'artiste parfait pour entreprendre un tel projet. L'œuvre représente avec une profusion de détails abjects peints avec une grande minutie le dernier stade de la métamorphose. Son frère fut choisi pour faire le portrait non corrompu de Dorian Gray, mais il fut remplacé par Henrique Medina. Il doit en grande partie sa célébrité à ce film, dont le tableau est l'élément principal.

Albright poursuit ses études à la Northwestern University, mais les abandonne pour suivre des cours d'architecture à Urbana-Champaign dans l'université de l'Illinois. Durant la Première Guerre mondiale il fait des dessins médicaux pour un hôpital de Nantes en France. Ce travail morbide influença probablement son style futur. Ayant brièvement travaillé dans l'architecture et la publicité, il s'éloigne du monde commercial et se met sérieusement à la peinture. Après avoir habité Philadelphie aux alentours de 1925 et 1926, il revient dans l'Illinois, où il connait son premier grand succès lors de sa première exposition en 1930.

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Albright was the father-in-law of future United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, through his son Joseph Medill Patterson Albright's marriage to her; however, the couple divorced a year before his death. Albright remained with his family in Chicago for sixty-six years until moving to Woodstock, Vermont in search of a quiet lifestyle. In the 1970s, he served as a lecturer at Dartmouth College, and remained an active artist until his death in 1983.

It was not until the 1930s until Albright developed a meticulous and consistent technique for his works. The technique included creating numerous detailed drawings, creating his own color palette and painting with hundreds of little brushes. Albright's time-consuming technique not only allowed for detailed depiction of the physical deterioration of objects and people, but also enabled him to incorporate a multitude of slight shifts in point-of-view and highlight the relationships between the objects. Albright’s combination of extreme realism with a violent and lurid color pallette led art critics to categorize his work with the works of American Magic Realists.

La peinture mystĂ©rieuse et sombre d'Albright est une des plus mĂ©ticuleuses jamais rĂ©alisĂ©es, nĂ©cessitant souvent plusieurs annĂ©es pour son achèvement. Le dĂ©tail minutieux d'une dentelle et la texture du bois brisĂ© sont recrĂ©Ă©s en utilisant un pinceau Ă  un seul poil. La quantitĂ© d'effort qu'il met dans ses peintures l'accapare au point que pendant la grande dĂ©pression il demande des prix 30 Ă  60 fois plus Ă©levĂ©s que ceux demandĂ©s par des artistes comparables, si bien que les ventes se font rares. Afin de survivre il compte sur le soutien de son père, et fait de menus travaux de menuiserie. Une de ses anciennes peintures, The Lineman (c.-Ă -d. « L'ouvrier des lignes »), remporte un prix et fait la couverture du magazine Electric Light and Power. Toutefois sa vision dĂ©sespĂ©rĂ©e provoque la polĂ©mique parmi le lectorat, qui n'apprĂ©cie pas une telle reprĂ©sentation. Les rĂ©dacteurs finiront par prendre leurs distances d'avec l'Ĺ“uvre d'Albright.

Longtime Winnetka residents may remember the large log cabin that once stood at 1258 Scott Avenue. The scale and style of this house stood apart from the stucco, brick, and frame homes of the neighborhood. In a similar way, the work of its famous occupant—artist Ivan Albright—also stood apart.

Later in life Albright lived in Woodstock, Vermont. His last visit to his old home town of Warrenville, Illinois was in 1978. The city declared Ivan Albright Day, and honored Albright with a full day of festivities. Albright's biographer, Michael Croydon, was on hand to present the newly published, richly illustrated book called Ivan Albright. The library featured a large display of photographs from Albright's years spent in Warrenville. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1979.

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Despite much time spent traveling the world, he never stopped working. Albright made over twenty self-portraits in his last three years, even on his deathbed, drawing the final ones after a stroke. He died in 1983.

Ivan Albright and his identical twin brother, Malvin, were born near Chicago in North Harvey, Illinois, to Adam Emory Albright and Clara Wilson Albright. Their father was a landscape painter, and came from a family of master gunsmiths, whose original name was "Albrecht". The brothers were inseparable during childhood, and throughout much of their young adulthood. Both enrolled in The Art Institute of Chicago, a coin-flip deciding that Ivan would study painting and Malvin sculpture. Ivan particularly admired the work of El Greco and Rembrandt, but was quick to develop a style all his own.

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Albright Family History It was inevitable that Warrenville’s tranquil beauty would attract artists. Celebrated oil painter, Adam Albright moved to the town in 1924, with his wife and three sons. He was known for his large canvases, picturing young children in sunny outdoor settings. For models, he used his three children and later many of the youngsters in Warrenville. Ivan Albright had no interest in his father’s impressionistic style. He became a pioneer in the field of “magic realism,” a style that portrayed a very graphic view of human mortality. Like his father, many of his models were Warrenville residents. His best-known work was The Picture of Dorian Gray, painted for the motion picture of the same name released in 1945. Ivan’s last visit to Warrenville in 1978 was wonderful. The City declared Ivan Albright Day and a full day of festivities was planned. Ivan, being a friendly fun-loving man, charmed everyone. On the 100th anniversary of Ivan Albright’s birth, February 20, 1997, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a major show of his work. Appears the Man, a photograph of Ivan Albright and his most famous work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, can be found in the Warrenville Gallery located at Warrenville’s City Hall.

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After two years of floundering in college, the twins enlisted in the Army during World War I. Ivan worked as a medical draftsman, documenting soldiers’ wounds.

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Albright was a prolific artist throughout his life, working as a printer and engraver as well as a painter. He made his own paints and charcoal, and carved his own elaborate frames. He was a stickler for detail, creating elaborate setups for paintings before starting work. He was obsessive about lighting to the point that he painted his studio black, and wore black clothing to cut out potential glare.

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