Milton Avery

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Milton Avery

Paintings

Also known as Avery, Milton Clark

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Altmar (Oswego county, New York state, United States)

Biography:
The best insight into Milton Avery’s work is given by the artists himself: "I always take something out of my pictures, strip the design to essentials; the facts do not interest me so much as the essence of nature. I never have any rules to follow. I follow myself. I began painting by myself in the Connecticut countryside, always directly from nature....I have long been interested in trying to express on canvas a painting with a few, large, simplified spaces." Avery’s work utilizes color relations to create simplified figures by applying thin, flat brush work. Whether applied to a landscape, still-life, or portrait, this technique removes the audience’s ability to take cues from the details and instead leaves them with their own interpretation of color and shapes. Known as the American Matisse, Milton Avery based his paintings on nature while pushing pure abstraction to its limits. Avery was born in rural New York in 1893. At the age of 16, he began taking various manufacturing jobs to supplement the family income. When these responsibilities allowed, Avery attended the Connecticut League of Art Students under Charles Noel Flagg and the Art Society School under Albertus Jones. Due to this traditional education, Avery’s early work is more representational and utilized an enamel like paint as well as a lighter palette. In 1924, Avery moved to New York and was financially supported by his wife, illustrator Sally Michel. His first solo exhibition was at the Opportunity Gallery in New York. During this time, Avery’s style was heightened by his flat, thin layers of paint revealing simplified forms similar to European abstract artists. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Avery painted and drew at the Art Students League of New York where he met Roy Neuberger. Neuberger, infatuated with Avery’s technique, bought over 100 paintings from Avery and saw that they were rotated through high-profile museums. With these exhibitions, Milton Avery’s reputation grew tremendously allowing for him to explore his technique to the fullest. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. was the first museum to purchase a work from Avery and later hosted his first solo museum exhibition in 1944. Since then, Milton Avery’s work has been circulated, exhibited, and acclaimed throughout the world as one of the great American Modern Abstract artists.


 

Milton Avery Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
MILTON AVERY (American, 1885-1965) From the Studio, 1954 Oil on canvas 58 x 42 inches (147.3 x 106.7 cm) Signed and
MILTON AVERY (American, 1885-1965)From the Studio, 1954Oil on canvas58 x 42 inches (147.3 x 106.7 cm)Signed and ...
Lot 70159
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014
$875,000.00
Milton Avery (1885-1965) Bather, 1961 Oil on canvasboard 30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm) Signed and dated lower right:
Milton Avery (1885-1965)Bather, 1961Oil on canvasboard30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm)Signed and dated lower right:...
Lot 69219
Auction 5258
Monday, May 2, 2016
$292,000.00
MILTON AVERY (American 1893-1965) Laguna Beach, 1943 Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed and dated
MILTON AVERY (American 1893-1965)Laguna Beach, 1943Oil on canvas16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)Signed and dated ...
Lot 23187
Auction 652
Friday, May 25, 2007
$167,300.00
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Green Meadow, 1957 oil on canvas 16 x 44 inches (40.6 x 111.8 cm) Signed lower ri
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Green Meadow, 1957oil on canvas16 x 44 inches (40.6 x 111.8 cm)Signed lower ri...
Lot 68060
Auction 5275
Saturday, November 12, 2016
$137,500.00
MILTON CARK AVERY (American, 1885-1965) Setting Sun, 1959 Oil on paper 23 x 17-1/2 inches (58.4 x 44.5 cm) (sheet) S
MILTON CARK AVERY (American, 1885-1965)Setting Sun, 1959Oil on paper23 x 17-1/2 inches (58.4 x 44.5 cm) (sheet)S...
Lot 64096
Auction 5149
Thursday, December 5, 2013
$35,000.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Rippled Rock and Rippled Sea, 1938 Watercolor on paper 22-1/4 x 30-1/2 inches (56
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Rippled Rock and Rippled Sea, 1938Watercolor on paper22-1/4 x 30-1/2 inches (56....
Lot 68116
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$15,000.00
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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Bridle Path - Central Park West at 67th Street, circa 1930 Watercolor on paper
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Bridle Path - Central Park West at 67th Street, circa 1930Watercolor on paper...
Lot 68111
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$12,500.00
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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Study of Cows in a Landscape, Connecticut, 1938 Oil on board 5-1/4 x 8-7/8 inches
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Study of Cows in a Landscape, Connecticut, 1938Oil on board5-1/4 x 8-7/8 inches ...
Lot 68112
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$7,500.00
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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Standing Nude Ink on paper 16-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (42.5 x 34.9 cm) (sheet) Signed
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Standing NudeInk on paper16-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (42.5 x 34.9 cm) (sheet)Signed...
Lot 68104
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$1,500.00
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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) Nude Seated Ink on paper 16-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (42.5 x 34.9 cm) (sheet) Signed
Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965)Nude SeatedInk on paper 16-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (42.5 x 34.9 cm) (sheet)Signed ...
Lot 68105
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$1,500.00
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