THE EMERGENCE OF THE MONOTYPE

Nude Recumbent (Nude Asleep)

Nude Recumbent (Nude Asleep)
Milton Avery, 1950
color monotype, 42.6 x 55.3 cm
(16 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.), Private Collection


Avery Biography

In 1949, at the height of his creative powers, Milton Avery suffered a serious heart attack. Unable to endure the physical exertion of painting, he was encouraged to make monotypes by his friend Boris Margo. Avery painted the images on glass and printed them by hand, usually on watercolor or rice paper. The whimsical nature of many of his monotype subjects reveals the delight he took in the technique, whose spontaneity gave free rein to his imagination.


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