Red Rock Falls

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Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965)
Red Rock Falls, 1947
Oil on canvas
33 7/8 × 43 7/8 in. (86.04 × 111.44 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1977.70
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
©2010 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Currently on View

Milton Avery depicted the visible world in terms of its essences. Avery reduced this Montana vista to a few broad planes of glowing color that, pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, suggest the most rudimentary of landscape forms. To emphasize two-dimensionality and reduce the illusion of recession, Avery created textures by scratching patterns into selected areas. Soft edges and the dark green under-painting unite the distinct and resonant colors to create overall harmony.

Publication History
Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 146, color illus. Milwaukee Art Museum News, November/December 2001, cover, color illus. Hobbs, Robert Carleton. Milton Avery: The Late Paintings. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with the American Federation of Arts, 2001, p. 14-15, 18, 104, color pl. 3, color illus. frontispiece (detail), title page (detail) and pp. 14-15. Hughes, Robert. American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, color illus. p. 489, fig. 289. Abe, Nobuo, ed. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc., Japan: 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Committee, 1994, p. 86, 138, 139, cat. 32, color illus. p. 87. Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 195, color illus. p. 195. Wilkin, Karen. Milton Avery: Paintings of Canada. Kingston, Ontario: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University at Kingston, 1986, p. 35, ca. 48. Haskell, Barbara. Milton Avery. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Harper & Row, 1982, cat. 60, color illus. p. 82 and cover. Milwaukee Art Center. Personal Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, 1975, color illus. p. 87.
Exhibition History
Milton Avery: The Late Paintings, Milwaukee Art Museum, November 20, 2001–January 27, 2002; The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 8–May 5, 2002; UCLA Hammer Museum, May 21–September 8, 2002. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2–August 9, 1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19–November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–December 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995. Milton Avery: Paintings of Canada, Toronto and Kingston, February 7, 1986–March 11, 1987. Milton Avery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 16–December 5, 1982; Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15–March 6, 1983; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, March 22–May 8, 1983. Residence of Vice President Walter Mondale, Washington, D.C., March 1, 1977–April 15, 1978.


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