Autumn (1944) by Milton Avery

Autumn - Milton Avery - 1944

Artwork Information

TitleAutumn
ArtistMilton Avery
Date1944
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationCollection of Beverly and Raymond Sackler
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About Autumn

Milton Avery, a celebrated American painter known for his vivid portraits, still lifes, and landscapes, created the painting ‘Autumn 1944’ during his distinguished career. This particular landscape encapsulates Avery’s signature style that focuses on color relations rather than creating an illusion of depth. His broad use of luminous colors and stylized forms is evident in this piece as well.

‘Autumn 1944’ depicts a serene autumn landscape with trees in full fall colors enclosing the small pond in the middle. The majestic blue sky constitutes a third of the painting but feels perfectly balanced with the presence of nature scenes like trees and water. Such compositions form staples of Avery’s artwork throughout his career as he sought to explore possibilities beyond conventional Western painting since Renaissance.

Avery’s innovative approach positioned him between two popular movements: American Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists, giving rise to his unique individuality as an artist. His reputation is solidified through comprehensive exhibitions showcasing around 70 paintings created through six decades from 1910s to mid-1960s – confirming his status as one of North America’s greatest painters renowned for the use of color technique above all else.

An oil painting reproduction on canvas is available for purchase, so those who would like to enjoy this masterpiece can do so comfortably at home with attention paid to each brush stroke when created initially by Avery himself.

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