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"Welcome Home Milton!"
2000-01-16 until 0000-00-00
Neuberger Museum of Art
USA United States of America
Following a national tour, twenty-eight paintings from the Neuberger Museum of Art's
Permanent Collection by internationally recognized American artist Milton Avery will be on
view in the Museum this winter. Both figurative and landscape paintings are presented in
this exhibition, which documents Avery's artistic development and spans the years 1929 -
Milton Avery brought together simple, spare forms and harmonious colors to build patterns
of flat, interlocking shapes reminiscent of French artist Henri Matisse. He frequently
depicted family, friends and the familiar landscapes, simplifying and refining the imagery into
strong formal patterns.
Avery came of age as an artist in the 1920s, when the country's experiments with
non-objective form and color was largely abandoned in favor of a more representational
style. He influenced a new generation of other notable American painters including Mark
Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and Barnett Newman.
Roy R. Neuberger, the Museum's founding patron, first encountered the artist's work in
1940. He was attracted to Avery's nuances of color as well as the formal qualities of his
work and his distinct American sensibility, which manifested itself in his humor and wit.
Convinced of his significance, Neuberger acquired more than one hundred Avery paintings
within a short period of time, making his the largest personal collection of the artist's work.