Picture of Dorian Gray

A work made of oil on canvas.
© The Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1943/44

Artist:

Ivan Albright
American, 1897–1983

About this artwork

Ivan Albright painted this lurid portrait for the Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. In Wilde's tale, Dorian Gray commissions a portrait of himself as an attractive young man and later trades his soul for an ever-youthful appearance. As the still-handsome Gray leads an increasingly dissolute and evil life, his painted representation rots and decays, revealing the extent of his moral corruption. Albright's renown as a painter of the macabre made him the ideal choice of Albert Lewin, the director of the movie, to paint the horrific image of Gray. Although the movie was shot in black and white, Lewin filmed the painted portrait in color to emphasize Gray's shocking transformation.

On View

American Art, Gallery 262

Artist

Ivan Albright

Title

Picture of Dorian Gray

Origin

United States

Date

1943–1944

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: Ivan Le Lorraine Albright

Dimensions

215.9 × 106.7 cm (85 × 42 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ivan Albright

Reference Number

1977.21

Copyright

© The Art Institute of Chicago.

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