15 July - 16 October 2022
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Tickets £17 (£15 without donation). Concessions available. For the best experience, book ahead.
Friends of the RA go free
Worshipped by Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Milton Avery expressed his vision of the world through harmonious colour and simplified forms. Now, for the first time, see the North American painter’s work this side of the Atlantic.
• This exhibition will be open until 9pm on Friday evenings.
• Our galleries, shops and restaurants close at 6pm Tuesday–Thursday and at 9pm on Friday.
• Download our large print guide.
Milton Avery is considered one of North America’s greatest 20th-century colourists. According to The New York Times, “Only Matisse – to whose art he owed much, of course – produced a greater achievement in this respect”. Avery’s career fell between the movements of the American Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists, leaving him to forge a staunchly independent path.
This is the first comprehensive exhibition of Avery’s work in Europe. It brings together a selection of around 70 paintings from the 1930s – 1960s that are among his most celebrated. These works typically feature scenes of daily life, including portraits of loved ones and serene landscapes from his visits to Maine and Cape Cod.
Marvel in the colour sensibility and balance that runs throughout his work – a style that was to have a major influence on the next generation.
It is a long overdue celebration of an American master who, in Rothko’s words, celebrated the world around him with a poetry that “penetrated every pore of the canvas to the very last touch of the brush”.
Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
“The original abstract expressionist”
“A singular master of American art”
"The 20th-century colossus you’ve probably never heard of"
"America's first great modern colourist"
"A joyous and enlivening experience"
“The perfect show for summer”
Inside Milton Avery: American Colourist
“You always feel better having seen a Milton Avery painting.” Take a tour through the exhibition with curator Edith Devaney, advisor to the Milton Avery Trust Waqas Wajahat, and Avery's grandson and artist Sean Cavanaugh.
“You always feel better having seen a Milton Avery painting.”
Take a tour through the exhibition with curator Edith Devaney, advisor to the Milton Avery Trust Waqas Wajahat, and Avery's grandson and artist Sean Cavanaugh.