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Clown, 1950

Period 1920-1950
Materials Oil and mixed medium on paper 21 ½ 15 ¾ inches Signed and dated 1950
Dimensions
W. 15.75 in; H. 21.5 in;
W. 40.01 cm; H. 54.61 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1950
Description Milton AVERY
(1893-1965)

Clown, 1950

Oil and mixed medium on paper
21 ½ 15 ¾ inches
Signed and dated 1950

Provenance:
Fox Galleries, New York
Private collection, New York (acquired from the above)

Accompanying this work is an image of the work with a signed, hand written note on the back from Sally Avery stating that this is an original work by Milton Avery.


Milton AVERY (1893-1965)
Milton Avery (March 7, 1885 – January 3, 1965) was an American modern painter. Although 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.

He was a man of few words, "Why talk when you can paint?" he often quipped to his wife Sally Avery. Sally was an artist herself as is their daughter, March Avery.
Styles / Movements Modernism
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