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Milton Avery

Clear Cut Landscape, 1951

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

Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Milton Avery
American, 1885–1965
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Depicting everyday scenes of domestic, city, and country life, painter and printmaker Milton Avery favored simplified forms and the flat application of color, inspired by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. “I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, [and] colors form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter,” he once said. Avery’s early work incorporated elements of Impressionism, but his smooth planes of color and combination of figuration and abstraction would make him an archetype of American Modernism, prefiguring aspects of Color Field painting by years. Avery was a friend and source of inspiration to artists including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman. A man of few words, he was said to have frequently quipped, “Why talk when you can paint?”

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About the work
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
San Francisco
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Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Medium
Painting
Image rights
© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Milton Avery
American, 1885–1965
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Depicting everyday scenes of domestic, city, and country life, painter and printmaker Milton Avery favored simplified forms and the flat application of color, inspired by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. “I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, [and] colors form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter,” he once said. Avery’s early work incorporated elements of Impressionism, but his smooth planes of color and combination of figuration and abstraction would make him an archetype of American Modernism, prefiguring aspects of Color Field painting by years. Avery was a friend and source of inspiration to artists including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman. A man of few words, he was said to have frequently quipped, “Why talk when you can paint?”

Milton Avery

Clear Cut Landscape, 1951

Oil on canvas
32 1/8 × 44 in
81.6 × 111.8 cm
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