Self Portrait, 1937
drypoint, ed. 60, 7 7/8 x 6 3/8"
This is Avery's only printed self-portrait. At unexpected intervals Milton would choose a plate and etch a nude or a head. Or take a particular oil and translate it into a print. Sometimes the lapses were two months, sometimes two years. Steadily a body of drypoints emerged and were put aside. It wasn't until the early sixties that editions were printed. Sally M. Avery
about the artist
Milton Avery was one of the most distinguished American modern painters of the 20th century. Primarily a colorist, Avery’s work mainly focused on color relations and was not concerned with creating the illusion of depth similar to those of conventional Western paintings. Avery was often thought of as an American Matisse, especially due to his colorful and innovative landscape paintings. His poetic, bold and creative use of drawing and color set him apart from more conventional painting of his era.