Milton Avery: American Colourist

Milton Avery, Royal Academy of Arts

Milton Avery is considered one of North America’s greatest 20th-century colourists. According to The New York Times, “Only Matisse – to whose art he owed much, of course – produced a greater achievement in this respect”. Avery’s career fell between the movements of the American Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists, leaving him to forge a staunchly independent path.

This is the first comprehensive exhibition of Avery’s work in Europe. It brings together a selection of around 70 paintings from the 1930s – 1960s that are among his most celebrated. These works typically feature scenes of daily life, including portraits of loved ones and serene landscapes from his visits to Maine and Cape Cod.

Marvel in the colour sensibility and balance that runs throughout his work – a style that was to have a major influence on the next generation.

It is a long-overdue celebration of an American master who, in Rothko’s words, celebrated the world around him with a poetry that “penetrated every pore of the canvas to the very last touch of the brush”.

Lead image: Milton Avery, Beach Blankets, 1960 Collection Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Gift from the estate of Roy R Neuberger Photo: Jim Frank ©2022 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York and DACS Lon

Duration 15 July 2022 - 16 October 2022
Times Tues–Sun: 10am–6pm
Cost £17 (£15 without donation), Concessions available
Venue Royal Academy of Arts
Address Burlington House, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1J 0BD
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