Milton Avery is known for the large simplified forms in beautiful colors that described a scene— landscape, portrait, or still life—without focusing on the details.
He and his wife, artist Sally Michel Avery, moved to New York in 1925 to be part of the thriving art community there. They became friends with such artists as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Sally worked as a commercial illustrator to support Milton and herself while he painted. He first exhibited his work publically at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1915, and in 1929, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. became the first museum to purchase his work.
Avery’s later landscapes were often done in New Hampshire and Vermont, when the couple would summer in the mountains. Milton passed away at 79 in New York City. His work is now in the collections of many museums.