Henry David Thoreau

1567 Words Feb 4th, 2018 6 Pages
In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination”. This statement speaks to all of mankind, in that, art can be traced back to thousands of years ago. For centuries people have put their whole lives into creating art, hoping that they would pass on their views while still creating something different, interesting, and unique. Generating from these ideas was as artist named Ivan Albright. Though his pieces appeared to depict a world of decay and corruption, Albright showed his love for art through his morbid emotional intensity. In this paper I will discuss the history of the artist, compare and contrast the subject matter and technique of two of his paintings, as acknowledge his approach to color, texture, balance, and space.
Depicted as an American magic realist painter and a macabre artist, Ivan Albright was known meticulously detailed, yet morbid works of art. He was born in 1897 in North Harvey, Illinois at the start of the First World War. Growing up, he and his identical twin brother were raised by their father who worked as a landscape painter. “After the war he trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and, briefly, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design, New York City” (Lotha). Later in life around 1927, he settled down in Warrenville, Illinois. Having been independently wealthy, he was able to focus on painting. During this time he…
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