Art History: Milton Avery & The Kaufmans

On Tuesdays I spend some time volunteering in the Portland Art Museum’s Discovery Center, a resource room for all ages. When I have the time, I like to peruse the museum’s online collection and find my favorites.
From the American Art Collection:
Milton Avery portraits of Louis Kaufman and his wife Annette Kaufman.

Portland violinist, Louis Kaufman (1905-1994) was an American violinist and possibly the most recorded musical artist of the 20th century. He played on the soundtracks of Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wuthering Heights, The Grapes of Wrath, and Spartacus. He and his wife, the pianist Annette Kaufman often performed together. (wiki)
Annette gifted the portraits to PAM in 1998 in memory of her late husband.

Avery’s bold, creative and poetic use of drawing and color set him apart from more conventional painting of his era. In spite of his successes, however, Avery’s work was not universally praised. Early in his career, it was often considered too radical because of its abstract qualities; however, when Abstract Expressionism became dominant, his work was frequently criticized or overlooked for being too representational.
Get more Milton Avery here.

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