Feb 16, 2023 - Sale 2626

Sale 2626 - Lot 54

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

MILTON AVERY (1885-1965)

Standing Nude.
Drypoint. 364x195 mm; 14 1/4x7 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed, dated and numbered 32/60 in pencil, lower margin. 1941.

A brilliant, richly-inked impression with strong contrasts. Lunn 21.

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.