Rare Special Editions available for ACC Art Books –  More Information

Painted horizontal sections of orange, light blue, with yellow and black in diagonal slant, Milton Avery in white font to centre right.

Milton Avery

By (author) Edith Devaney
By (author) Erin Monroe
By (author) Marla Price
By (author) Waqas Wajahat
By (author) March Avery Cavanaugh


Log in to add this to your wishlist.
  • An authoritative study of the artist Milton Avery, an influence on the generation of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman
  • Published to accompany a travelling exhibition: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas: 7 November 2021 – 30 January 2022; The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut: 24 February – 5 June 2022; Royal Academy of Arts, London: 15 July – 16 October 2022
Full Description

Born in 1885 to a working-class family in Connecticut, Milton Avery left school at 16 to work in a factory. Intending to study lettering but soon transferring to painting, he attended evening school for fifteen years before moving to New York in the 1920s to pursue a career as a painter.

Although he never identified with a particular movement, Avery was a sociable member of the New York art scene. He became a figure of considerable influence for a younger generation of American artists, including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and Barnett Newman. His talent was praised by Rothko, who said of his work ‘the poetry penetrated every pore of the canvas to the last touch of the brush’.

Edith Devaney introduces Avery and his work, while Erin Monroe looks at Avery’s early years in Hartford, and Marla Price examines Matisse’s influence upon his art. A conversation with the artist’s daughter March Avery Cavanaugh and an illustrated chronology by Isabella Boorman complete the book.

Look Inside
Royal Academy of Arts
3rd Sep 2021
270 mm x 230 mm
152 Pages
Recently Viewed

Please log-in or create an account to see your recent items.