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Harbor Sketch

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  • Description
    Milton AVERY

    Harbor Sketch

    Mixed media on paper
    20 x 26 inches
    signed and dated lower right
    Title, dimensions, and Estate inventory # 697B9 on verso by Sally Avery

    With D.C. Moore Gallery
    Graham Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Long Island

    Milton AVERY (1893-1965)
    Milton Avery (March 7, 1885 – January 3, 1965) was an American modernist painter. Born in Altmar, New York, he moved to Connecticut in 1898 and later to New York City. He supported himself with factory jobs and lived in obscurity. In 1917 he began working at night in order to paint in the daytime. Roy Neuberger saw his work and thought he deserved recognition. Determined to get the world to know and respect Avery's work, Neuberger bought over 100 of his paintings, starting with Gaspé Landscape, and lent or donated them to museums all over the world. With the work of Milton Avery rotating through high-profile museums, he came to be a highly respected and successful painter.

    Avery's work is seminal to American abstract painting—while his work is clearly representational, it focuses on color relations and is not concerned with creating the illusion of depth as Western painting since the Renaissance has. Early in his career his work was considered too radical for being too abstract; when Abstract Expressionism became dominant, his work was overlooked as being too representational. He was befriended by Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko among many other artists living in New York City in the 1930's-40's.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: mixed media
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1947
    Styles / Movements: Modernism
    Incollect Reference #: 407743
  • Dimensions
    W. 26 in; H. 20 in;
    W. 66.04 cm; H. 50.8 cm;
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Schillay Fine Art, Inc. and Richard Schillay have carried on and expanded the art dealing tradition begun by Richard’s father, M. Edwin Schillay. For decades after World War II, M. Edwin Schillay was the foremost dealer of 19th century British art. He spearheaded the introduction to America of Victorian paintings on a large scale. Today Schillay Fine Art has greatly expanded its interests and offering -- well into the fields of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern, and Post-War art.

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