Lot 30
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Milton Avery 1885 - 1965

1,500,000 - 2,500,000 USD
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  • Milton Avery
  • Spring in Vermont
  • signed Milton Avery and dated 1945 (lower left); also signed, titled, dated and inscribed "Spring in Vermont"/by Milton Avery/36 x 52 inches/1945 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 36 by 52 inches
  • (91.4 by 132.1 cm)


Milton Avery Trust
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1981 (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, Toronto, Canada (acquired from the above)
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2003


Detroit, Michigan, Donald Morris Gallery, Milton Avery: Oil Paintings/The Middle Years, 1941-1949, January-February 1971, no. 9, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Milton Avery and his family traveled to Jamaica, Vermont for the first time in the summer of 1935 and were immediately enamored by the tranquility and isolation of the picturesque environment. They returned to the area several times over the next ten years. Vermont subsequently became one of the primary subjects of the artist’s landscape paintings, which allowed Avery to fully experiment with color and approach abstraction. In the present picture, he depicts the undulating hills with contrasting pastel hues, arbitrarily coloring the scene that he had witnessed firsthand. The modulation of color delineates the organic forms and results in a more naturalistic rendering of space than is seen in many of the artist's landscapes of the period.