Milton Avery / Laurels Number Four: March at a Table / 1948Milton Avery
Laurels Number Four: March at a Table

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Creator Name: Avery, Milton
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1885 - 1965
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Sand Bank (later Altmar), New York
Creator Death Place: New York City
Creator Name-CRT: Milton Avery
Title: Laurels Number Four: March at a Table
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1948
Creation End Date: 1948
Creation Date: 1948
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Portfolio
Materials and Techniques: drypoint
Dimensions: Sheet: 41.8cm x 33cm, Platemark: 22.3cm x 15.3cm
Inscriptions: signed and dated 1948 within plate and in graphite below platemark, lower right: Milton Avery
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.9.4
Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
Copyright: ? Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Milton Avery was a quiet, humble man whose art reflected his life. Inspired by personal experience and based on direct observation, his relaxed, intimate works depict a serene, ideal world. Landscapes evoke summer trips to the country and seaside; urban scenes depict family and friends. From apparently ordinary subject matter, Avery constructed innovative works in which simplified flat forms build perfectly balanced, satisfying compositions.

Between 1947 and 1948, Chris Ritter, director of the Laurel Gallery, New York, published four issues of Laurels, portfolios of prints, literature, and original calligraphy often on paper handmade by Douglass Howell. The museum's collection already includes the first two issues, with prints by Joan MirĂ³, Stanley William Hayter, Reginald Marsh, and others. The five drypoints shown here were made for the fourth Laurels Portfolio. They encompass Avery's favorite motifs: landscape, seascape, and figure, all delineated with amazing economy. For example, the Nude with Long Torso is drawn with two horizontal lines that span the length of the plate. By subtly controlling the thickness of line or placement of a shape, a sense of roundness, weight, and a shallow space are created.

Link to Work: CMA_.2001.9.1
Link to Work: CMA_.2001.9.5
AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.9.4
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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