Lot 28: Milton Avery, “Seated Woman,” Monotype, 1950
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Monotype on laid paper
Milton Avery (b.1885 - d.1965) - American modern painter
Signed and dated “Milton AVery, 1950” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Provenance: Stephen Haller Gallery, New York City
Sheet dimensions: 22 x 16 ¾ in (55.88 x 67.95 cm)
Framed dimensions: 33 x 26 ¾ x 1 ½ (83.82 x 67.945 x 3.81 cm)
Very good condition.
Milton Avery (American, b.1893 - d.1965)
Milton Avery studied for a time at the Connecticut League of Art Students in Hartford under Charles Noel Flagg and at the Art Society School under Albertus Jones. In 1925, he moved to New York and around 1928, had his first one-man show at the Opportunity Gallery. Avery’s work was influenced by French Fauvism and German Expressionism, painting in thin layers simplified forms and flat colors. Work from this time period provided a model for younger artists including Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko. After suffering a heart attack in 1949, Avery began making monotypes, producing nearly two-hundred prints over the next two years. After his first heart attack, the painter turned to more muted tones and the reduction of compositional elements. As Avery’s reputation began to grow, his health deteriorated, hindering him from attending the opening of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York in 1960. In 1961, he endured a second heart attack, from which he never fully recovered. Today, Avery’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Boston, to name a few.
In very good condition, cockling to paper on lower edge and crease on lower right edge.
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