Feb 16, 2023 - Sale 2626

Sale 2626 - Lot 77

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

MILTON AVERY (1885-1965)

Man with Pipe.
Drypoint. 162x148 mm; 6 3/8x5 3/4 inches, wide margins. Signed, dated and numbered 22/60 in pencil, lower margin. 1938.

A very good, richly-inked impression of this scarce print. Lunn 14.

A portrait of the artist Vincent Spagna (1896-1994), whom Avery knew from Hartford and was also a artist in the WPA.

After moving from Hartford to attend classes at the Art Students League in New York, Avery befriended fellow students Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman, among others. Avery struggled financially in during the early years of the Great Depression and though he showed at several galleries, including at Temporary Galleries, New York's municipal art gallery, funded by the city, he only found a small income with few art sales. In 1938, Avery started a brief period as an artist in the Easel Division of the WPA Federal Art Project.