Milton Avery, ‘Inlets’, 1957, Graham Shay 1857
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Milton Avery

Inlets, 1957

Ink on paper
11 × 8 3/8 in
27.9 × 21.3 cm
.
$12,000
Location
New York
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Graham Shay 1857
New York

A quintessential artist of 20th century America, Milton Avery has gained wide recognition over the …

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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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A quintessential artist of 20th century America, Milton Avery has gained wide recognition over the past 50 years as a household name, his work achieving sales prices in the millions of dollars. He was born to a working class family in upstate New York, and discovered his pension for the arts when he started to take …

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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

Inlets, 1957

Ink on paper
11 × 8 3/8 in
27.9 × 21.3 cm
.
$12,000
Location
New York
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