Avery, Milton

Avery, Milton

(ā`vərē), 1893–1965, American painter, b. Altmar, N.Y. Avery moved to New York City in 1925. Bold massing of forms is characteristic of his figurative work, such as Poetry Reading (1957; Munson-Williams-Proctor Inst., Utica, N.Y.). His landscapes, including Green Sea (1954; Metropolitan Mus.), and his seascapes, such as Boathouse by the Sea (1959), verge on complete abstraction. Avery's paintings are both deceptively simple and powerful, displaying qualities of fantasy and poetic gaiety within the tradition of MatisseMatisse, Henri
, 1869–1954, French painter, sculptor, and lithographer. Along with Picasso, Matisse is considered one of the two foremost artists of the modern period. His contribution to 20th-century art is inestimably great.
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 and becoming simpler and more subtle in his later years.


See study by H. Kramer (1962); exhibition catalog ed. by A. D. Breeskin (1969).

Avery, Milton (Clark)

(1885–1965) painter; born in Altmar, N.Y. He recorded little information about himself, but it is known that he arrived in New York City in 1925 and devoted himself to painting. His approach, called modernism, linked realism with abstract art. His use of color in paintings such as Autumn (1944), Sailfish in Fog (1959), and Dark Inlet (1963), is inventive and poetic.