Milton Avery’s 1956 painting tilted “Sea Gazers” is one of my all time favorite paintings. Shown above, I was lucky enough to see it in person last year when it was on display at the Whitney during their “Collecting Biennials” show. I must have stared at this painting for a good 20 minutes, while also illegally sneaking a photo. I was captivated by the subtly of tone. Such a peaceful painting, as are many of Avery’s works. Known as the American Matisse, this Connecticut/NYC based painter was uninterested in creating conventional dimensions or depth in his paintings. Rather, his concern was with color, value, and, in my opinion, feel. It’s hard to be abstract, modern and representational all at once, as his work is.
Do you prefer his landscapes or figurative paintings?