Milton Avery (1885-1965) was an American modern painter known for his landscapes focused on color relations. Known as the “American Matisse”, Avery brought the French painter’s coloristic doctrine to the USA, setting the stage for Color Field painters such as Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb. Although his style throughout his career often swung toward abstraction, Avery remained representational, choosing portraits, still lifes, and coastal landscapes most commonly as subjects.

Avery’s work was relatively unknown until 1929, when the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. became the first museum to purchase his work. Later in his life, exhibitions of his work continued at the Phillips Collection and eventually the Whitney Museum of American Art, solidifying his role in American Art. Today, Avery is considered an integral 20th century American painter, and his work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others.

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