Seabirds on Sand Bar

Milton Avery, American, 1885 - 1965

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

34 x 54 inches (86.4 x 137.2 cm)

© 2009 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Milton Avery Trust, 1994

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In this spare painting, Avery pushes figuration to the limits of abstraction. Eleven white birds perch on a thin, pink sandbar completely surrounded by the blue sea. The artist masterfully conveys his close observation of nature with a minimum number of brushstrokes: each bird is rendered with just a few quick touches of paint. This simple, serene work exemplifies Avery's mature style. It was painted toward the end of his career, in 1960, the year of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.