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Milton Avery

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Milton Avery was born in Sand Bank, New York in 1893. His family moved to Connecticut in 1898. Avery worked as a assembler, mechanic and latheman before enrolling in a class in lettering at the Connecticut League of Art Students in 1905. Avery held down a variety of jobs including construction worker and clerk while continuing to pursue his art studies. In 1938 he worked as an artist for the WPA Federal Art Project. Avery, one of the American masters of figure painting during the 1930s and 1940s, turned to landscapes and seascapes later in his career. His large, uncluttered canvases, such as Seated Girl with Dog (1944, R. R. Neuberger Collection, New York City), are characterized by broad, flat planes of carefully keyed colors.

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