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Milton Avery

Pale Still Life

Lot Closed

October 4, 04:54 PM GMT


100,000 - 150,000 USD

Lot Details


Milton Avery

1885 - 1965

Pale Still Life

signed Milton Avery and dated 1949 (lower right); bears inscription (on the reverse)

oil on canvasboard

20 by 15 ¾ in.

50.8 by 40 cm.

Executed in 1949.

This lot is accompanied by a letter of opinion from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

Private Collection

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 4 December 1980, lot 216 (consigned by the above)

Private Collection (acquired from the above)

Thence by descent to the present owner

In Pale Still Life, Milton Avery’s hallmark style gives new life to a familiar genre. He reimagines a traditional still life composition in simplified shapes and tonal hues. The subtle variations of yellow, red, green and blue are delicately balanced; the incised details are tactile and whimsical; the rich brown background suggests a paradox of flatness and depth. Expertly conceived and executed in quintessential Avery fashion, this work underscores the complexity of what may appear simple.