Nude with Guitar

  • Milton Avery, Nude with Guitar, 1947, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis and Annette Kaufman, 1977.43.1

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Milton Avery was often dismissed as a naive painter because he did not seem as sophisticated as the elite abstract expressionists who took the stage after World War II. Avery borrowed this figure's pose from Picasso, and, in fact, Nude with Guitar reflects Avery’s knowledge of modern literature as well as painting. He was fond of Wallace Stevens's 1937 poem "The Man with the Blue Guitar," based on Picasso's famous Blue Period image.

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"I am not seeking pure abstraction; rather the purity and essence of the idea expressed in its simplest form." The artist, quoted in Hobbs, Milton Avery, 1990

Title
Nude with Guitar
Artists
Date
1947
On View
Dimensions
42 x 30 in. (106.7 x 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Louis and Annette Kaufman

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Object – other – container
  • Figure – full length
  • Figure – nude
  • Performing arts – music – guitar
Object Number
1977.43.1
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