The Royal Academy of Arts describes his style as influential for generations to come. Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko finds he celebrated the world around him with a poetry. The New York Times pays tribute to him, saying, »Only Matisse – to whose art he owed much, of course – produced a greater achievement in this respect.« Milton Avery (1885 - 1965), one of the greatest North American colorists of the 20th century, forged his own unique path, always moving between American Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism.
Starting July 15, London's Royal Academy of Arts presents Milton Avery, American Colourist, the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work in Europe. It exhibits 70 paintings spanning three decades (from 1930 to 1960), including some of his most famous works. The paintings deal with scenes from everyday life, including portraits of loved ones, serene landscapes, and visits to Maine and Cape Cod, Florida. They demonstrate how Avery expressed his view of the world in harmonious colors and simplified forms - for which Abstract Expressionists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman admired him.
The exhibition is organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. It will end on October 16.