Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Milton Avery filled his quiet canvases with flattened planes and simplified figures, bridging early modernist movements such as Impressionism with mid-century genres such as color field painting. While Avery’s subject matter was decidedly representational—the artist often captured domestic scenes and serene landscapes—his bright color palettes and pared-back compositions inspired a number of artists in the New York avant-garde including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman. Avery studied at the Connecticut League of Art Students and the School of the Art Society of Hartford. He exhibited in New York, London, Venice, and Los Angeles, and his works belong in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His paintings have sold for seven figures on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$5.7m, Sotheby's, 2014
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
MODERN & POST-WAR ARTWaterhouse & Dodd
2019
Milton Avery: The Late PortraitsVictoria Miro
2016
When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger CollectionAmerican Federation of Arts
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Clear Cut Landscape, 1951

Oil on canvas
32 1/8 × 44 in
81.6 × 111.8 cm
Location
San Francisco
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Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Medium
Image rights
© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Milton Avery filled his quiet canvases with flattened planes and simplified figures, bridging early modernist movements such as Impressionism with mid-century genres such as color field painting. While Avery’s subject matter was decidedly representational—the artist often captured domestic scenes and serene landscapes—his bright color palettes and pared-back compositions inspired a number of artists in the New York avant-garde including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman. Avery studied at the Connecticut League of Art Students and the School of the Art Society of Hartford. He exhibited in New York, London, Venice, and Los Angeles, and his works belong in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His paintings have sold for seven figures on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$5.7m, Sotheby's, 2014
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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