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Milton Avery

Lot 9

Dawn, 1953

Black and white woodblock print (hand printed)
7 × 9 in
17.8 × 22.9 cm
Edition 11/13
Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
Estimated value: $2,500
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Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Signed, recto
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Courtesy of Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
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
Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
Medium
Print
Condition
Signature
Signed, recto
Image rights
Courtesy of Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
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

Lot 9

Dawn, 1953

Black and white woodblock print (hand printed)
7 × 9 in
17.8 × 22.9 cm
Edition 11/13
Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
Estimated value: $2,500
Current bid
$1,300
1 bid
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14d  01h  15m  24s
Ends Mar 5, 5:00pm
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