Summer Special Exhibit: Albright Artists

The Museum is open for our expanded summer hours on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Stop in and see our feature exhibit about the Albright Family of Artists.

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Ivan Albright Prints

Copies of Prints by Ivan Albright are $10 each at the musuem store.

  • Appears the Man (Fisherman)
  • Follow Me (The Monk)
  • Hail to the Pure
Appears the Man

“Appears the Man”

One of fifteen lithographs produced by Ivan Albright between 1931 and 1977, It draws origins from the painting “Heavy the Oar to Him Who Is Tired, Heavy the Coat, Heavy the Sea,” which was completed in 1929.  It was first completed in 1939, but yielded only an edition of ten prints before the stone broke.  This later edition was more successfully printed, and faces the opposite direction.  Like his five drypoints and etchings, these prints – though small in number – do provide a valuable extension of his imagery and have made it possible for a greater number of private collections to own his work.

Follow Me“Follow Me”

Three flawless editions of 250 each were originally printed by master printer George C. Miller during 1947-48.  It was part of a trio of lithographs commissioned by The Associated Artists of New York during the late 1940’s (the others were “Fleeting Time, Thou Hast Left Me Old, 1945, and “Self Portrait at 55 East Division Street,” 1947).   A larger oil on canvas version, titled “I Walk To and Fro Through Civilization and I talk As I Walk (Follow Me, the Monk) was painted in 1926-27.  It is on display at The Art Institute of Chicago.


Hail to the Pure

“Hail to the Pure”

A later work of Ivan Albright, first printed in conjunction with a comprehensive biography o his life and works written by Michael Croydon and published in 1976. It evolved from a detailed pencil drawing of a young girl named Maria Piedra, done in his Vermont studio in 1976.  This portrait was then set within a jungle of detail including black lace, jet tears, a cupid’s head, an Ethiopian Cross, a tiara, and lilies.  The brooch was inspired by long studies of the Holy Shroud of Turin, which fascinated Albright.  With failing eyesight, he struggled with intense lights and a battery of magnifying lenses to transfer the drawing to a litho stone.  It was completed in July of 1977, two months after he was declared legally blind.