Into the World Came a Soul Called Ida


Ivan Le Lorraine Albright ( American, 1897 - 1983 )

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General Description

Ivan Albright demonstrates his prior preoccupation with the theme of vanity in this lithograph. Ida sits clutching a mirror, contemplating the ravages time has wrought. Objects signifying the transience of the natural world dot the composition, such as the vase with dying flowers atop the table, and the powder and makeup pots Ida uses in vain. Her attempts to prevent nature from taking its course liken her to Dorian Gray, who aged in a portrait rather than in life, though this image is meant to inspire pity, not horror.

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William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2005.

Fun Facts

  • Ivan Albright’s twin brother Malvin Marr Albright was also an artist, primarily a sculptor. The two of them worked together on the painting featured in the 1945 film adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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