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Milton Avery Art

American, 1885-1965

Milton Clark Avery was born in 1885 in Altmar, New York. Largely self-taught, Avery is today regarded as one of the great early modern American artists; his inspired palette, simplified forms and unwavering commitment to a figurative tradition have secured him a place not only in the canon but also in the hearts of the American public.

Always at odds with the dominant style of the time, be it the American Scene Painting and Social Realism of the 1930s and '40s or the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s, Avery's oeuvre is a labor of singular dedication. As a boy, Avery worked factory jobs to help support his large family following their move to Connecticut in 1898. He did not seriously begin to pursue art until sometime following his father's death in 1905, when he intermittently attended classes at the Connecticut League of Art Students. He made his artistic debut in 1915 at the Wadsworth Atheneum's Fifth Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting and Sculpture.

In 1925 Avery relocated to New York to be closer to his future bride. Following his marriage in 1926 he was able to quit working and paint full time. At this time Avery replaced the light-drenched palette of his Hartford days with more muted tones. He also exchanged his heavy impasto for thin washes of pigment, which he used to create veiled fields of color.

In 1927 Avery exhibited with the Society of Independent Artists. Success quickly followed. Two of his paintings were selected for inclusion in a 1928 group show at the Opportunity Gallery in New York. Also in 1928, renowned collector Louis Kaufman became the first person to purchase a painting by the artist; and in 1929 Duncan Phillips purchased Winter Riders (1929) for the Phillips Memorial Gallery, making it Avery's first painting to enter a museum collection.

Avery's signature figurative style characterized by simple forms and flattened shapes filled with arbitrary color "in the manner of Matisse" was fully developed by the 1940s. His work as a colorist greatly influenced succeeding generations of artists, specifically Color Field painters Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Adolph Gottlieb. In 1944 he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Phillips Memorial Gallery. That same year, he entered into a contract with famed dealer Paul Rosenberg, in which Rosenberg agreed to purchase 25 of Avery's paintings twice a year.

In 1952 the Baltimore Museum of Art hosted Avery's first museum retrospective, and Avery was the subject of a major article in Arts magazine by eminent art critic Clement Greenberg. In 1960 the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted his second museum retrospective.

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Artist: Milton Avery
Milton Avery Original Etching Pencil Signed, 1936, Little Girl
By Milton Avery
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Original Etching by Modernist Milton Avery (1885-1965) Image measures: 8 5/8" H x 4 5/8" W. Titled lower left - “Little Girl” Edition size: 6 of 60. Printed in 1936. In excellent co...
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Mid-20th Century Milton Avery Art

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STANDING NUDE
By Milton Avery
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Sheet size 19.75 x 13 inches. Image size 14 x 7 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Edition of 6...
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1940s Modern Milton Avery Art

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Drypoint, Paper

YOUNG GIRL NUDE
By Milton Avery
Located in Portland, ME
Avery, Milton. YOUNG GIRL NUDE. Lunn 7. Drypoint, 1935. Edition of 100. Signed, dated, and numbered 12/100 in pencil. 10 x 4 1/4 inches (plate), framed to 19 x 14 inches.Provenance H...
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original lithograph
By Milton Avery
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Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph was printed in 1953 for the "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 19...
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1950s Milton Avery Art

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Lithograph

original lithograph
By Milton Avery
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original lithograph. This lithograph was printed in 1952 for the "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 19...
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1950s Milton Avery Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Milton Avery
Located in PARIS, FR
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Head of a Man
By Milton Avery
Located in New York, NY
A superb impression of this very scarce drypoint. Edition of 100. Signed in pencil by Avery. Printed by Atelier 17, New York. Published by Laurel Gallery, New York. From "Laurels Por...
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1930s Modern Milton Avery Art

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Drypoint

"March Avery in Beret, " Milton Avery, American Modernism, Portrait of Artist
By Milton Avery
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Milton Clark Avery (1885 - 1965) March Avery in a Beret, 1951 Black crayon and graphite on cream wove paper 11 x 8 3/8 inches Signed and dated lower left; ...
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Milton Avery wood block black and white rare dancer COA appraisal framed period
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"Country Haircut"
By Milton Avery
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1940s American Modern Milton Avery Art

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MARCH WITH BABUSHKA (HEAD OF MARCH).
By Milton Avery
Located in Portland, ME
Avery, Milton. MARCH WITH BABUSHKA (HEAD OF MARCH). Drypoint, 1948. Edition of 100, published by Collectors of American Art. Unsigned, as called for (prints from this edition were not signed). 7 x 6 5/8 inches (plate size, measured along the edges), 9 3/4 x 9 5/8 (image, measured on the diagonal, as oriented), 11 1/4 x 11 inches (sheet). In excellent condition. Three of the four corners of the plate have been trimmed to about one inch from the platemark. A spare and elegant portrait of the artist's daughter, the artist March Avery.
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1940s American Modern Milton Avery Art

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Drypoint

Untitled (Cows in Autumn)
By Milton Avery
Located in Greenwich, CT
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Signed and dated lower right: Milton Avery 1948; on verso: “FROTHY INLET” by MILTON AVERY W.C. 22 x 30 1948
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H 22.88 in W 30.88 in
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The present work is a poster from the 1985 Milton Avery exhibition at the David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee. The poster (as did the catalogue of the exhibition) features the work "Flight," an oil from 1950 that was a centerpiece of the exhibition. In the image, a teal sea is seen in the background, in the foreground is a grey and blue ground. Two birds sit on this ground, a bird with a pink wing sits looking towards the left. A yellow bird is further to the right, but also looks towards the left. The most eye catching bird has begun to fly towards the scene, placed immediately in the center of the composition. Birds such as these were a common motif in Avery's painting and printmaking and he often featured them in his abstracting images of the sea. This poster has been cut down to the image. Unframed and uncut posters are available. Contact us for more information. 28 x 36 inches, image 30.5 x 40.5 inches, frame Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting and UV Clear glass to inhibit UV damage. Housed in a modern-profile red/cabernet-stain finish wood moulding. Overall good condition; some minor wear to frame; poster cut to image Milton Avery (March 7, 1885 – January 3, 1965) was an American modern painter. Born in Altmar, New York, he moved to Connecticut in 1898 and later to New York City. Avery was a man of few words. "Why talk when you can paint?" he often quipped to his wife. Their daughter, March Avery...
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