size 16″H x 20″W – Gouache on Board
Misty River – A Watercolor Gouache on Board Painting by artist Milton Avery
PROVENANCE: This beautiful and rare piece of Art was purchased from a private collectors estate sale out of Boston Massachusetts. This Milton Avery Art was purchased from the Beyeler Gallery in Paris when it closed its doors to resell part of its stock at auction in early 2012.
After a key figure in the art world, Ernst Beyeler (Beyeler Gallery) passed away, one of the most important art collections of the 20th century was left in limbo. Within a year the decision was made to sell off a part of the gallery’s collection. For more than 50 years, this gallery bore his name and presented more than 250 exhibitions around major artists, such as Picasso, Braque, Léger, Giacometti, Klee, Kandinsky, Bacon, Rauschenberg or even Warhol.
Featuring a Misty River flowing through an abandoned country farm. Signed and attr. Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965) on the lower-left corner. 26 x 18 cm (10.2 x 7.1 inches). Depicting everyday scenes of domestic, city, and country life, painter and printmaker Milton Avery favored simplified forms and the flat application of color, inspired by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. “I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, [and] colors form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter,” he once said. Avery’s early work incorporated elements of Impressionism, but his smooth planes of color and combination of figuration and abstraction would make him an archetype of American Modernism.