Hail to the Pure
Lithograph on white wove paper
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Albright began experimenting with lithographs later in life when his vision was badly deteriorating. Diagnosed clinically blind he underwent surgery in 1977 which restored his vision. “Hail to the Pure” was gifted to the surgeon who performed the operation. In the lithograph, Albright depicts a girl who wears a crown and a flower in her hair. The image is uncharacteristic of Albright’s oeuvre probably because it was intended as a gift.
Magic Realism, American Realism
Born: 20 February 1897, Illinois, USA
Died: 18 November 1983, Vermont, USA
Albright was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor best known for his self-portraits, still lifes, and character studies. Considered to be the master of the macabre Albright is often categorized among the Magic Realists due to his techniques and dark subject matter.