Although he never identified with a particular movement, Painter Milton Avery was a valuable member of the New York art scene. After moving to New York from Connecticut in the 1920s to pursue a career as a Painter, he became a figure of considerable influence for a younger generation of American artists, including Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb and Barnett Newman. His talent was praised by Rothko, who said of his work that “the poetry penetrated every pore of the canvas to the last touch of the brush.” With more than 100 color reproductions, this volume is the first overview of Avery’s pioneering work in many years. Featured essays introduce Avery and his work, explore his early years in Hartford and examine Matisse’s influence upon his art. A conversation with the artist’s daughter March Avery Cavanaugh and an illustrated chronology by Isabella Boorman complete the book.