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A pencil on paper figurative drawing by American artist Milton Avery depicts his wife, Sally Avery, on the telephone. The table depicted in the drawing was in the front entrance to Sally Avery's apartment at 300 Central Park West in New York City.
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Milton Avery
"Sally Phone Call," Pencil Drawing signed by Milton Avery

Circa 1946

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A pencil on paper figurative drawing by American artist Milton Avery depicts his wife, Sally Avery, on the telephone. The table depicted in the drawing was in the front entrance to Sally Avery's apartment at 300 Central Park West in New York City. The electric energy of the pencil strokes symbolize the energy that Sally Avery always projected when she was talking on the telephone. Signed "Milton Avery" lower right. 11 x 8 1/2" art 24 1/8 x 20 1/8" framed "Milton Avery's work is seminal to American abstract painting—while his work is clearly representational, it focuses on color relations and is not concerned with creating the illusion of depth as most conventional Western painting since the Renaissance has. Avery was often thought of as an American Matisse, especially because of his colorful and innovative landscape paintings. His poetic, bold and creative use of drawing and color set him apart from more conventional painting of his era. Early in his career, his work was considered too radical for being too abstract; when Abstract Expressionism became dominant his work was overlooked, as being too representational. French Fauvism and German Expressionism influenced the style of Avery's early work, and his paintings from the 1930s are similar to those of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. By the 1940s, Avery’s painting style had become more similar to Henri Matisse, and his later works use color with great subtlety."

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  • Dimensions
    H 24.13 in. x W 20.13 in.H 61.3 cm x W 51.14 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    LU60531777123
  • Seller Reference Number
    1426d
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