Game of Checkers Artist
Milton Avery 1893 – 1965
Sand Bank (Altmar), New York
The Checker Players 1938
Checker Players 1943
- Checkers artist
Milton Avery, a Painter, graphic artist and
ceramist of classical motifs and subject
matter in a variety of thematic genres.
- Generally self taught, artist Milton Avery
was a figurative rather than an abstract
artist, who explored painting using simplified
areas of flat color thinly applied.
- Milton Avery favored a combination of
French Fauvism, reminiscent of Henri Matisse
and German Abstract Expressionism, which
is clearly seen in his simplified and expressive
palette and clarity of line in his work.
- Checkers artist
Milton Avery, known as a colorist focused
on serene mood, harmony, and rounded shapes.
Milton Avery was a painter whose work combined
abstraction and realism, thus suggesting
a dialogue between line, shape, muted color
and subdued emotions.
- Artist Milton Avery’s landscapes,
still life paintings and figure compositions
derive their expressive power from their
abstracted, flat shapes and luminous yet
subtly toned contours and though his subjects
seem unremarkable, the manner in which he
treats them is exceptional for through his
strong, simple designs, his intimate scenes
take on monumental presence with a freshness
and uncomplicated nature.
- Most of his subjects were either marine
scenes or figure studies as depicted in
the scene above showing two people engrossed
in a game of checkers; Milton’s composition
in each checkers painting called the viewer’s
attention to the checkerboard and game
of checkers in progress.
- Although never associated with a particular
movement, Avery was a key modernist who influenced
succeeding generations of artists.
- Classical motifs and subject matter in
portraits, still life and coastal landscapes
were his main thematic areas and genres.
- Prolific as a painter, graphic artist
and ceramist, Milton Avery received numerous
awards from American art institutions before
he died in 1965, although artist Milton Avery
only really became famous posthumously.