Oil on canvas
Framed: 107 x 86.7 x 6.4 cm (42 1/8 x 34 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 91.4 x 71.1 cm (36 x 28 in.)
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1967.94
© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Avery inscribed this painting at lower left and middle right with two different dates, indicating that he worked on it for several months.
Avery developed a distinctive style that uses abstracted shapes of color and witty design to describe the visual world. In Studious Sketcher, a seated artist concentrates her attention on a board propped against the back of a chair, upon which she presumably draws. The chair’s crisscross pattern is visually repeated in the single cross strap near the toe of the woman’s sandal.
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