White Rooster

Milton Avery American

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White Rooster is the third of Avery's paintings to enter the collection. Avery was a primarily self-taught artist who followed his own instincts and produced paintings and watercolors inspired directly from nature or his intimate family life. It is his use of broad and arbitrary areas of color in White Rooster that interlock his quasi-abstract shapes in an airy, hilly landscape. Muted hues of brown pink, pink, and greens form the pictorial pattern of horizontal bands that ends in an orange sky. These bands of color are broken by blocks of contrasting colors, as in the blue tree, the brown hens, and the bold white rooster, which becomes a flattened pattern with its flipped yellow tail. Avery's subtle balance of distilled shapes and his use of closely valued colors make him one of the most original American painters—and certainly one of the foremost colorists—to emerge in this century.

White Rooster, Milton Avery (American, Altmar, New York 1885–1965 New York), Oil on canvas

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