Monday, October 1, 2012

Ivan Albright: One Style Fits Forever

Ivan Albright (1897-1983) didn't paint every painting he made using the same style, but his best-known ones have nearly the same look. Moreover, they hewed to that look for much of his career. One of the subject labels for this post is "Adaptive Artists" and I'm using Albright as a counter-example, an artist who didn't seem to adapt much at all once he found a style that pleased him.

For whatever it's worth, Albright's paintings don't please me. While I appreciate that they are representational in an exaggerated sort of way, I find them morbid and ... what's the correct term-of-art? ... oh yes: icky.

Some paintings from different parts of his career.


Into the World Came a Soul Named Ida - 1929-30

Self-Portrait - 1935

The Picture of Dorian Gray - 1943

The Vermonter - 1965-66

A Face from Georgia - 1974


dearieme said...

Me neither. Seriously horrible.

Unknown said...

Yes, paintings must be pleasing, or at least pc.

Anonymous said...

Pleasing and, better yet, fun! GUERNICA was a laugh-riot!


Unknown said...

I think they are amazing. He does a brilliant job of highlighting the real features of human beings. He does not exaggerate them or make them ugly. They are real. The colors also give the paintings incredible depth. I think people might react negatively based on their own feelings about the human body and aging, but I believe we should accept all aspects of life. This work is incredibly respectful.