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The Blue Plate

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

The Blue Plate

Artist: Milton Avery (American, 1885 - 1965)
Date: 1938
Medium: Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (74.3 x 61.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with Funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 1961.27
Accession number: 1961.27
Classification: painting
Copyright:ARS
In Collection(s)
Label TextIn his recent work, Milton Avery has achieved that economy of means and statement which is at once a dichotomy of hardness and gentleness. Going far beyond mere designing of flat simplified forms, the totality of Avery is apparent in the close relationship and appropriateness of design, color, and paint appreciation. Born in 1893, Avery was early linked with the Fauves, a link that became only a thread as his personal style emerged. All things, animate and inanimate have, for Avery, a sensitivity all their own to which he, as a sensitive painter, responds. "The Blue Plate" painted in 1938 is an important example of the artist as he matured. The elegant simplicity, the muted color, the thin surface and flat planes, and the sensitivity for the subject are all there, speaking of things to come. Source: Bulletin, April 1961.
SignedMilton Avery (l,l oil paint)
Exhibition History"Selected Works from the Des Moines Art Center's Permanent Collection," organized and circulated by the Waterloo Municipal Galleries, sponsored by the National Bank of Waterloo: Waterloo Municipal Galleries, Oct. 24 - Nov. 20, 1938; Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Jan. 15 - Feb. 26, 1984; Muscatine Art Center, Apr. 1 - May 13, 1984; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, May 27 - July 1, 1984; Sioux City Art Center, July 15 - Aug. 26, 1984

"American Sampler Exhibition, Paintings from Around the United States, " Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, May 4 - June 9, 1963

"Paintings, Sculpture, Prints from Twenty-three Iowa Collections," Art Department, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, May 9 - Aug. 15, 1961

"Six Decades of American Painting of the Twentieth Century," Des Moines Art Center, Feb. 10 - Mar. 12, 1961
Published References"Paintings, Sculpture, Prints from Twenty-three Iowa Collections," Art Department, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1961, cat. no. 30

"American Sampler Exhibition, Paintings from Around the United States," Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, 1963, cat. no. 2, ill.

"Six Decades of American Painting of the Twentieth Century," Des Moines Art Center, 1961, cat. no. 33

"Selected Works from the Des Moines Art Center's Permanent Collection," Waterloo Municipal Galleries, 1983, cat. no. 1

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, a catalog of selections from the permanent collections published in 1985, cat. ref. pp.24 & 26

DMAC Bulletin, April 1961, ill.
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