Ivan Albright – avert your eyes if you’re easily offended…

Reading the catalogue for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibition ‘World War 1 and American Art’, I came across Ivan Albright’s painting ‘And Man Created God in His Own Image (Room 203) from 1930-31. 

Albright spent his war years drawing service wounds at the AEF Based Hospital in Nantes. What he saw there scarred him for the rest of his life and informed both his art and his poetry. 

This painting, in which he depicts George Washington Stafford, a bartender, and laboratory leader from Illinois, explores Albright’s meditation on the meaning of flesh and spirit. 

This reminded me of the painting used in the 1948 film of The Portrait of Dorian Gray to show the way Dorian’s portrait reveals the physical and mental decay Dorian should be experiencing. Discovered this was also by Albright: