SOLD Untitled (Lady in Red), ca. 1938-1942by Milton Avery (1885–1965)
16¾ x 10⅜ inches
Signed lower right: Milton Avery
Mr. George P. Davis
Judith Davis Levitan, daughter of above, acquired from above
Ken Levitan, son of above, acquired from above
Private collection, New York, New York
Matthew Rosenfeld / Pennsylvania Art Conservatory, Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above
Note: This painting has been authenticated and catalogued by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation as identification number A 42222.
With its flat planes of luminous color, this portrait exemplifies Avery’s compositional style. As historian Barbara Haskell describes, “Already apparent by the early thirties was Avery’s predilection for compositions based on large, closely modulated color areas,” continuing, “this interplay between recognizable forms and abstract shapes always characterizes Avery’s best paintings.”
 Barbara Haskell, Milton Avery (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982), 45, 49.
Leading American modern painter.
By Tiffany Win
Known as one of the primary American modernists, Avery is most praised for his powerful yet simple designs. His use of abstracted, flat shapes and luminous yet subtle color imbues a monumental presence to his compositions.
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Born in Altmar, New York on March 7, 1885, Milton Avery lived and expressed purely in paint, leaving no significant written autobiographical remnants. His
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