About this artwork
Holding a mirror, powdering her chest, and surrounded with accoutrements of fashion and beauty, the figure portrayed here does not necessarily inspire thoughts of youth and vibrancy. Rather, as one critic put it when this painting was first exhibited, he saw a “woman with flesh the color of a corpse drowned six weeks.” Ida Rogers herself was 19 years old at the time she posed for the artist. With his hyperbolic version of realism, Ivan Albright laboriously transformed his sitter into a vision of his own making. The painting is less a portrait than a meticulous musing on the passage of time and the relationship—both powerful and fragile—between mind and body.
- Ivan Albright
- Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida
- United States (Object made in)
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower right: Ivan Le Lorraine Albright
- 142.9 × 119.2 cm (56 1/4 × 47 in.)
- Gift of Ivan Albright
- © The Art Institute of Chicago.