Friday, September 14, 2018

Milton Avery's People

I've recently discovered, and fallen more than a little in love with, modernist painter Milton Avery's blocky people. Even more than their satisfyingly solid forms, and more than the world they evoke ( it's a very nice world of women talking and reading and making art and playing music and lounging and sewing and riding bikes and doing each other's hair and nursing babies - but it's tarnished a bit by the inevitable looming presence of the male gaze: these women seem to be alone together but of course they're not really, our boy Milton is there, hovering around behind his easel - not to mention the unrelenting whiteness typical of the period) I positively adore the color palette of these pictures. Here are a whole bunch of examples so you can see for yourself

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