View 1 of Lot 12. Swimming Hole.
View 1 of Lot 12. Swimming Hole.
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Milton Avery

Swimming Hole

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Carolyn & Roger Horchow, Dallas, Texas

Milton Avery

Milton Avery

Swimming Hole

Swimming Hole

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Carolyn & Roger Horchow, Dallas, Texas

Milton Avery

1885 - 1965

Swimming Hole


signed Milton Avery (lower right); also inscribed Swimming Hole/by/Milton Avery/28x36/1940 (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

28 by 36 inches

(71.1 by 91.4 cm)

Painted in 1940. 


This lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, New York.

David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Ulysses Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1991
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, David Barnett Gallery, Milton Avery: The 1940s Period, May-July 1989, no.3, illustrated, p.7

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 eight years and Vermont subsequently became one of the artist's primary subjects. Avery's paintings and watercolors from this period capture his family's summer activities and his personal response to the bucolic landscape of the Green Mountains, which allowed him to fully experiment with color and approach abstraction. In Swimming Hole, Avery depicts a jovial scene of bathers enjoying a local pond with hues of blue and grey, arbitrarily coloring the scene that the had witnessed firsthand.