Milton Avery (1885-1965)
In Focus: Property from the Collection of Brad Grey
Milton Avery (1885-1965)

Lake in the Mountains

Milton Avery (1885-1965)
Lake in the Mountains
signed and dated 'Milton Avery 1962' (lower right)--signed, dated again and inscribed with title (on the reverse)
oil on canvasboard
23 ¾ x 35 7/8 in. (60.3 x 91.1 cm.)
Painted in 1962.
Sally Michel Avery, New York.
Estate of the above.
Waddington Galleries, London.
Private collection, United Kingdom.
Waddington Custot Galleries, London.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Waddington Galleries, Milton Avery: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, April 7-25, 1970, no. 13, illustrated.

Lot Essay

The present work depicts Cooper Lake in Woodstock, New York.

In 1949, following summers spent in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and California and elsewhere, Milton Avery, his wife Sally and daughter March began spending the warmer months in Woodstock. Upstate, Avery set up a studio where he painted his Catskill surroundings in his classic abstracted aesthetic. Lake in the Mountains is bold in its modern and minimalist interpretation of New York's natural beauty.

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