Feb 10, 2020

Blue Bay

Blue Bay


Milton Avery

(American, 1885–1965)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 128.3 x 153 cm (50 1/2 x 60 1/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.169

Did you know?

Milton Avery worked several factory jobs before launching his career as an artist.


Featuring three boats, a land mass, and the surrounding ocean and sky, Blue Bay was inspired by the artist's summer trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts. At this late stage in his career, Avery was creating larger scaled and more abstracted compositions that would constitute his final body of work. In spite of the high degree of abstraction and deliberate lack of perspective in this painting, the artist provides just enough information to convince viewers that we are glimpsing a coastal summer view.

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