Ivan Albright was an American 'Magic Realist' artist that created highly detailed and dark paintings. The Magic Realist painters have been described as "Artists looking at the mundane through a hyper-realistic and often mysterious lens". During World War I Albright created medical drawings for a hospital in France, this grotesque task was thought to influence his later works. Some of the artist's later mature paintings are the most meticulously executed ever in terms of time and detail - Some paintings taking more than an entire decade to finish. Albright would paint at a speed of approximately one square inch every ten hours. The artist was fascinated by the aging and decaying process showing every wrinkle, cut, and abnormality on his subjects. Albright saw his true peers as the Old Masters, particularly the artists of the Northern Renaissance, rather than modern Artists. In 1943 he was commissioned to create the title painting for the Albert Lewin film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. His realistic, but exaggerated, depictions of decay and corruption made him very well suited to undertake such a project it becoming one of his most famous.
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