Art: More Than a Portrait

Chicago's sawed-off, white-fringed Ivan Le Lorraine Albright is noted for painting old bottles, dead fish, seaweed, rot and decay with a relentlessly realistic brush. When human beings squirm into his paintings, he makes them look as if they had just been removed from a freshly opened grave. Now, at 60, Albright has painted a commissioned portrait (his first) of a woman—alive.

The courageous sitter is Chicago Art Patron Mary Block, daughter of the late Adman Albert Lasker, wife of an Inland Steel Co. vice president and director, Leigh Block. Undaunted by such Albright canvases as Into the World There Came a Soul...

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