Picture of Dorian Gray by Ivan Albright
Recently, the husband and I went on a weekend jaunt to Chicago. I had never been so it was quite fun to see the sights; Millennium Park (where we managed to work through the crowds to pose in front of “The Bean”), Willis (Sears) Tower, a jazz club, the outside of the aquarium (the line was far too long), and of course, The Art Institute of Chicago. It was a lovely museum; clean, properly lit, well air conditioned/heated, and large enough to feel substantial but not so large as to be overwhelming. While enjoying the sights and atmosphere of the museum, I came across this painting:
Eye-catching, isn’t it? It is the Picture of Dorian Gray, by American artist Ivan Albright. I like to consider myself a bit of a Wildeophile, but I admit that I had not seen this painting before. As I learned from the AIC that day, Albright painted this for the 1945 movie adaption of Picture of Dorian Gray, which featured Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray and a young Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane. I liked the notion that the entirety of the movie was shot in black and white, with the exception of the painting, to emphasize Gray’s grotesque metamorphosis.
Mission accomplished, I’d say.