Milton Avery / Dunes and Sea II / 1960Milton Avery
Dunes and Sea II

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Creator Name: Avery, Milton
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1885-1965
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Milton Avery
Title: Dunes and Sea II
Title Type: Title
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1960
Creation End Date: 1960
Creation Date: 1960
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 7/8 x 72 in.(131.76 x 182.88 cm. )Frame 54 1/8 x 74 1/4 in.
Inscriptions: Label, Borgenicht Gallery65.366Label, Tokyo
AMICA Contributor: Whitney Museum of American Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 91.60
Credit Line: 50th Anniversary Gift of Sally Avery
Copyright: ? Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Provenance: Artist's collectionEstate 1960-1965Sally Avery 1965-1991
Context - Person: Avery Milton
Context - Person: Avery Sally
Context - Date: 1960 - 1960
Context: Although in many ways an abstract painter, Milton Avery remained committed to depicting the world around him. The coastal landscape of Cape Cod, where he spent several summers, inspired many of his most felicitous compositions. By omitting distracting detail, he could simplify and reduce the forms and interlock open passages of color. In 1957, Avery spent the first of four summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the end of Cape Cod. His wife, Sally, felt that this landscape - with its dramatic and beautiful confrontation of sand and sea - most stimulated his creativity. These Provincetown views of beach, water, and sky prompted Avery's largest scale and most refined handling of color and form, as in Dunes and Sea II. In such late works abstract values - bold, infused color and stark spatial juxtapositions - predominate. Dunes and Sea II was one of the increasingly abstract images that earned the respect of Mark Rothko, Avery's colleague and sensational style to that of the New York School abstractionists and Color Field painters. Working in his usual manner, Avery produced a half-scale gouache-on-paper study before painting Dunes and Sea II. In this study, made during his final summer in Provincetown, the sky and border between sand and sea are blue, not the gray and green they became in the final version, painted in his New York studio-apartment. Both works nevertheless show the same economy of means - a rough sea, set forth in strokes of black and blue, the dune's edge, reduced to a serpentine band, and the san simplified into two muted tonalities. The Whitney Museum painting is the second of two Provincetown canvases, bearing the same title, but otherwise unconnected.
Context - Person: Patterson Sims
Context - Date: 1985
Context - Place: Catalog: 'Whitney Museum of American Art: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection'
Context - Place: Publisher:Catalog: Whitney Museum of American Art
Exhibition History: "Views from Abroad"- (1a in NY, with Stedelijk)
Exhibition History: "Views from Abroad" (1b in Stedelijk)
Exhibition History: "An American Story"
Exhibition History: "Views From Abroad" 3a (NY-Tate)
Exhibition History: Surroundings: Responses to the American Landscape
Component Measured: object
Measurement Dimension: height
Measurement Value: 131.76
Measurement Unit: cm
Measurement Dimension: width
Measurement Value: 182.88
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright Whitney Museum of American Art

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