Oil on canvas
Unframed: 128.3 x 153 cm (50 1/2 x 60 1/4 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.169
© Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Milton Avery worked several factory jobs before launching his career as an artist.
Featuring three boats, a land mass, and the surrounding ocean and sky, Blue Bay was inspired by the artist's summer trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts. At this late stage in his career, Avery was creating larger scaled and more abstracted compositions that would constitute his final body of work. In spite of the high degree of abstraction and deliberate lack of perspective in this painting, the artist provides just enough information to convince viewers that we are glimpsing a coastal summer view.
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