Milton Avery - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips

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  • “We were followers of the sea. On the beaches of Provincetown, Gloucester and Gaspe we braved the surf and rocky shore, spending endless hours contemplating the sea... Always the sea beckoned, at times with figures, at times with boats. But it was the sea, alternately black and mysterious or ruddy and gay that expressed the mystery and independence that makes its lure unfathomable. For Milton this was a subject to challenge again and again.”
    —Sally Michael Avery

    • Provenance

      Park Gallery, Detroit
      Mr. and Mrs. Keith Davis, Flint
      Flint Institute of Arts
      Christie's, New York, May 26, 1993, lot 217
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Santa Barbara Art Museum, Recent Watercolors by Milton Avery Courtesy of the Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, June–July 1956
      Washington, D.C., The National Collection of Fine Arts; New York, The Brooklyn Museum; The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Milton Avery, December 1969–May 1970, no. 44 (illustrated)

Property of an Esteemed East Coast Collector


Green Sea

signed and dated "Milton Avery 1948" lower right; inscribed "Green Sea by Milton Avery 1948" on the reverse
pencil and gouache on paper
22 1/2 x 30 5/8 in. (57.2 x 77.8 cm)
Executed in 1948.

This work is a study for a larger oil on canvas, dated 1954, housed in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Full Cataloguing

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $81,900

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021