On this Day: February 20, 1897 | Birthday of Ivan Albright

20 February 1897: Birthday of Ivan Albright, American painter (d. 1983) (Source)

Self-Portrait (No.16), 1982, © Ivan Albright (Source)

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.[1] 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“.[1][2]

From a family of artists and artisans, Albright emerged on the American art scene in the 1930s and established a reputation as one of the most enigmatic of the American Realists.[3] He shocked, awed and upset the viewing public through his emphasis on the fragility of the body, flesh and the 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).[1] His work to highlight the minute detail and texture of every surface often required him to spend years or decades on a single painting.[3]

While 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. (Source)

Volker

I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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