Jan 13, 2009

Studious Sketcher

Studious Sketcher


Milton Avery

(American, 1885–1965)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 107 x 86.7 x 6.4 cm (42 1/8 x 34 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 91.4 x 71.1 cm (36 x 28 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1967.94


Did you know?

Avery inscribed this painting at lower left and middle right with two different dates, indicating that he worked on it for several months.


Avery developed a distinctive style that uses abstracted shapes of color and witty design to describe the visual world. In Studious Sketcher, a seated artist concentrates her attention on a board propped against the back of a chair, upon which she presumably draws. The chair’s crisscross pattern is visually repeated in the single cross strap near the toe of the woman’s sandal.

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