Head of Adam Emory Albright (Head of My Father)

A work made of bronze.
© The Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

1935, cast 1952

Artist:

Ivan Albright
American, 1897–1983

About this artwork

Known for his paintings, Ivan Albright also created several sculptures, which reveal that his quest to explore man’s mortality through the use of highly expressive surfaces was not limited to two dimensions. Albright’s haunting portrayal of his father powerfully conveys a sense of the artist’s fingers as they molded the planes of the face, creating an almost grotesque physicality of form. He also left the head incomplete, heightening the dramatic effect of the sculpture. According to Albright, his father—an artist known for his Impressionist style—was infuriated by the unconventional portrait, which only pleased his boldly nonconformist son.

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American Art

Artist

Ivan Albright

Title

Head of Adam Emory Albright (Head of My Father)

Origin

United States

Date

1935

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Signed on back of neck: Ivan Albright

Dimensions

H.: 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection

Reference Number

1982.1838

Copyright

© The Art Institute of Chicago.

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