Milton Avery, ‘Spotlight or Singing Trio, from the Theater Series’, 1931, Childs Gallery

Signed lower right: "Milton Avery".

With gallery labels verso indicating that the work was at one time one of a set of ten Theater Series gouaches at Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ. Two of the Theater Series gouaches from this group are published in Hobbs, Robert Carleton, Milton Avery, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990, p. 60.

About Milton Avery

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?”

American, 1885-1965, Altmar, New York, based in New York, New York