Milton Avery was an American painter and printmaker from New York state. Avery grew up with modest means and was forced to work factory jobs as a teenager to help support his family. Financial restrictions were not enough to hold back Avery’s incredible artistic talent. Avery worked night jobs until he started to make money off of his paintings in the late 1920s.
Tirca. 1939, lithograph
Lamb (black) 1954. woodcut
Avery and his wife, who was also an artist, moved to New York City to bolster their careers and attend classes at the Art Students League. The artistic pair even had a daughter that eventually became an artist as well.
Japanese Landscape. 1939. Etching
Three birds (blue and black) 1952. woodcut
Avery’s modern style of painting is said to have influenced the American Abstract movement, including the work of his good friends Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. In addition to Avery’s paintings and works on paper, Avery created a number of graphic works including woodcut, etching and lithography. While his paintings employed a strong use of color, his prints were more monochromatic. Avery’s work is now in museum collections around the world. His prints continue to sell at galleries and auctions in the United States and Europe.
Night Nude. 1953. Woodcut.