Woman Drawing, 1942
Signed Milton Avery (cr); inscribed Woman Drawing, signed Milton Avery and dated 1942 on the reverse
Oil on canvas
28 x 36 inches (71.12 x 91.44 cm)
The Milton Avery Trust
[Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ]
Private collection, VA
Robert Hobbs, Milton Avery, Manchester, 1990, p. 121, illus.
New Britain, CT, New Britain Museum of American Art, The Milton Avery Family, Nov. 2 - Dec. 1, 1968, cat. no. 13, illus.
Allentown, PA, Allentown Art Museum, Paintings by Milton Avery and His Family, Sep. 4 - 26, 1971, cat. no. 11
Austin, TX, The University of Texas Art Museum, Milton Avery: Drawings & Paintings, Dec. 5, 1976 - Feb. 6, 1977, p. 54, p. 11 illus. (traveled to Summit, NJ, Summit Art Center, Mar. 13 - Apr. 17, 1977; Wichita, KS, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Nov. 30, 1977 - Jan. 15, 1978)
Sarasota, FL, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Milton Avery: Retrospective Exhibition, Sep. 23 - Oct. 31, 1977
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Milton Avery, Sep. 22 - Oct. 22, 1978 (traveled to Banff, Alberta, Walter Phillips Gallery, Nov. 24 - Dec. 15, 1978; Windsor, Ontario, Windsor Art Gallery, Jan. 1 - 29, 1979; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Feb. 9 - Mar. 5, 1979; Hamilton, Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Mar. 23 - Apr. 23, 1979
Palm Beach, FL, The Society of the Four Arts, Milton Avery, Feb. 4 - Mar. 5, 1978
Tokyo, Japan, Milton Avery, May 2 - 20, 1983, cat. no. 3, illus.
Miami, FL, Center for the Fine Arts, Milton Avery: A Singular Vision, Feb. 7 - Apr. 10, 1988, cat no. 12, p. 27 illus.
Created in 1942, Woman Drawing is a wonderful example of Milton Avery's final and most celebrated style. Influenced by Henri Matisse, Avery's mature style takes shape at the beginning of the 1940s and continued until his death in 1965. His technique of rendering landscapes and figures with delineated fields of color gave the world modernist works of art that are also tranquil. As can be seen in this work, the compositions are rendered emphasizing balance of form and color, while downplaying the need for anatomical accuracy or a naturalistic palette. In the year after this work was created, Avery began showing with Alex Rosenberg Gallery. Joining with Rosenberg, an ex-patriot of France and dealer of Picasso, Braque and the great modernists of Europe, was quintessential in the artist's recognition as a modernist painter and led to museum exhibitions at the Phillips Memorial Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art in his lifetime.
Haskell, Barbara, Milton Avery, 1982, Whitney Museum of American Art.
C Estate of a Virginia Philanthropist
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