Monday, January 9, 2012

The Paintings of American Milton Avery 1888-1965

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1926 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sally Avery with Still Life


1930 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Bucolic Landscape


1930 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Artist's Wife


1936 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Vermont Hills


The practical Avery worked in a series of manufacturing jobs and with an insurance company until 1924. He moved to New York in 1925, marrying the artist Sally Michel soon after. During those early, lean years, Sally was able to support him with her work as an illustrator.


1937 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Bridge to the Sea


He was ready for his 1st one-man show in 1928 at the city's aptly named Opportunity Gallery. This initial show was followed by decades of exhibits at galleries and museums.


1940 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Gaspe Pink Sky


Avery explained,"I always take something out of my pictures, strip the design to essentials; the facts do not interest me so much as the essence of nature. I never have any rules to follow. I follow myself. I began painting by myself in the Connecticut countryside, always directly from nature....I have long been interested in trying to express on canvas a painting with a few, large, simplified spaces."


1945 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Woman with a Hat


The similar color field painting of his friend Mark Rothko was beginning to define itself as well, but Avery clung to representation throughout his career producing portraits, still lifes, and landscapes defined by lines and zones.


1943 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Checker Players


1944 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Autumn


1944 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Cello Player


1944 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Green Chair


1944 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Two Figures at Desk


1945 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Female Painter


1945 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Figure by Pool


1944 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sketching by the Sea


1946 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sally


1947 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Adolescence 1947


1947 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Blue Nude 1947


1947 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Oregon Coast


1947 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Self-Portrait


1950 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Reclining Reader


1950 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Two Women


Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Seated Figure


1951 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sketchers by the Stream


1952 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sheep


1952 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Breaking Sea


1952 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Shapes of Spring


1953 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Advancing Sea


1954 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Bicycle Rider by the Loire


1954 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Nude Combing Hair


1954 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Green Sea


1954 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) White Wave


1956 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Conversation


1957 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Birds Over Sky


1957 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Poetry Reading


1957 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) White Moon


1958 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Green Sea


1958 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sail


1958 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Offshore Island


1958 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Onrushing Wave


1958 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Sea Grasses and Blue Sea


1959 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Outdoor Sketcher


1959 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Black Sea


1960 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Interlude


1960 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Robed Nude


1961 Milton Avery (American artist, 1885-1965) Blue Bay and Dunes