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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:

1935–36, cast 1952

Artist:

Ivan Albright (American, 1897–1983)

About this artwork

Known for paintings that explore themes of decay, mortality, and vanity (Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida or Picture of Dorian Gray), Ivan Albright also created several sculptures with highly expressive surfaces that extend these fascinations into three 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. 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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Ivan Albright

Title

Head of Adam Emory Albright (Head of My Father), Head of My Father

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Dates

1935-1936 , Cast 1952

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Signed verso, bottom-middle, on back of neck, in cast: "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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