Oil on canvas
Overall: 99.1 x 139.7 cm (39 x 55 in.)
© The Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.170
Explaining why he was so quiet, Milton Avery said, "Why talk when you can paint?"
Milton Avery’s passion for bold color and elemental shapes infuses Hens and Chickens, one of his most charming canvases. Throughout his career, the artist sought inspiration from everyday life, which he carefully distilled into abstracted compositions that would capture, as he described, “the purity and essence of the idea expressed in its simplest form.”
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