Milton Avery

The Late Portraits
Please Note: The standard edition of this title has now gone out of print.
This is the Collectors Edition, which contains the same content as the standard book did, but comes in a bespoke hardback slipcase and is lavishly designed.


This special Collectors Edition of ‘Milton Avery: The Late Portraits’ accompanies an exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice of portraits drawn from the last four years of Milton Avery’s life.

Presented in a hardback, bespoke slip case, this book has been lavishly designed by Atelier Dyakova in London and features text by Waqas Wajahat, detailed reproductions of the exhibition paintings, and drawings.

One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Milton Avery (1885–1965) is celebrated for his luminous paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes.

Art critic Hilton Kramer said, “He was, without question, our greatest colorist. … Among his European contemporaries, only Matisse—to whose art he owed much, of course—produced a greater achievement in this respect”.

Abstract Expressionists, and Colour Field painters are all indebted to Avery, as are contemporary painters like Peter Doig, who see colour as a main route to capturing the essence of a person, place, or moment in time.

Mark Rothko, a great friend and admirer, who gave the address at his funeral, ended by saying: “I rejoice for what he has left us”.

These portraits, drawn from the last four years of Milton Avery’s life, are characterised by economy of touch and luminescence of colour. The works on view see the artist apply a lifetime of experience to cherished subjects and motifs.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Milton Avery: The Late Portraits’ at Victoria Miro, Venice (20 July – 8 September 2019).


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