MILTON AVERYAmerican 1885 - 1965

MILTON AVERYAmerican 1885 - 1965

Avery was raised in Hartford, CT and remained there until 1925, employed as a factory worker and taking art classes from 1911 to 1919. In 1925 he married artist and illustrator Sally Michel and moved to New York City. In New York his style developed as he continued his studies at the Art Students League and became influenced by the works of Picasso and Matisse. By the 1940s his paintings incorporated flat planes of color and texture, as in the present work. In 1949 Avery suffered from a heart attack, which prompted another shift in his work to a more subtle palette. In 1960 the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of Avery's works, which he unfortunately was unable to attend due to poor health. In 1961 Avery suffered a second heart attack and passed away in 1965.

Avery’s work can be found in numerous major public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.