MILTON

AVERY

(1885 - 1965)

"I came to understand that painters' painter were those for whom painting was meant not just to solve problems, but to be offered for delectation ... Milton Avery ... published no manifestos, indulged in no polemics and followed his bent imperturbably while all around him artists were agonizing over crucial choices amongst the many possible twentieth century modes of vanguardism. For that reason, undoubtedly, he was considered by many as something of a primitive, a kind of Rousseauan pure soul who did what he did out of innocence. That, of course, was a mistaken view. Avery as a painter was nothing if not sophisticated."  

                                                               - Dore Ashton

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