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Milton Avery

Still Life with Fruit

Oil on board
6 3/4 × 30 1/4 in
17.1 × 76.8 cm
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Condition: Surface grime. Very light superficial scratches in the taupe background at right and in …

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Condition: Surface grime. Very light superficial scratches in the taupe background at right and in the ochre tabletop to the left of and above (not extending into) the signature. A trace of what may be white paint at the extreme lower edge, about three inches from the lower left corner. Pigments fluoresce under UV …

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Signed Milton Avery (lr)
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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Condition: Surface grime. Very light superficial scratches in the taupe background at right and in …

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Condition: Surface grime. Very light superficial scratches in the taupe background at right and in the ochre tabletop to the left of and above (not extending into) the signature. A trace of what may be white paint at the extreme lower edge, about three inches from the lower left corner. Pigments fluoresce under UV …

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Signed Milton Avery (lr)
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

Still Life with Fruit

Oil on board
6 3/4 × 30 1/4 in
17.1 × 76.8 cm
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