Artist Spotlight: Milton Avery

November 7, 2018

Artist Spotlight of the Day: Milton Avery

Milton Avery began his study of abstract form at a time when such a style was certainly not popular in the United States. Deemed the “American Matisse,” Avery was highly influenced by the expressiveness of French Fauvism, whose members used color to express emotion rather than accurately represent their subject, though Avery’s color palette tended more towards the subtle pastels favored by the Impressionists than the bold colors of the Fauvists. Read more about Avery in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Milton Avery: Master of Color

September 29, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Described by critic Hilton Kramer as “without question, our greatest colorist”, the work of Milton Avery (1885–1965) represents a key turning point in the history of American art. Working between figuration and abstraction, Avery delineated his forms with the simplest possible means and painted flat planes of vivid color. Despite obscure origins, Avery acquired prominent admirers, with Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko forming a close circle around the artist. It is thought that Rothko’s late use of thinned paint can be traced back to the weekly sketching sessions held at Avery’s apartment. Approaching Storm (1938) is an early work on paper depicting a rugged coastline and a dramatic stormy sky. Understated, yet poetic, this is a typically masterful work by this seminal 20th century artist.