Feb 10, 2020

Farm Yard

Farm Yard


Milton Avery

(American, 1885–1965)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 80.3 x 121 cm (31 5/8 x 47 5/8 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.170


Did you know?

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 Farm Yard. 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.” This painting likely reflects Avery's fondness for folk art; indeed, the fowl with their simplified silhouettes resemble early American weather vanes.

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