Milton Avery (1885-1965) was born in Sand Bank, New York, where he grew up in a working-class family, spending his early years working in factories. He moved to Connecticut, where he was introduced to art through lettering. After meeting artist and his future wife, Sally Michel, Avery relocated to New York City in 1925. In New York, Avery became an integral part of the city’s dynamic art scene, contributing his unique blend of abstraction and realism. His work is characterized by simple, flat forms and vibrant colors, often depicting landscapes, seascapes, and domestic scenes. Despite initial struggles for appreciation, Avery’s innovative approach gained recognition in the 1940s and 1950s. His significant body of work serves as a bridge between American Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism, leaving a lasting impact on future generations of artists.

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