The Easel

When Milton Avery would visit Vermont

Milton Avery loved Matisse’s work. It inspired him to think of a painting as a flat field of colour, without depth. When he applied the idea in his landscapes he didn’t use Matisse’s pure colours but rather subtle “indeterminate hues”. Avery never moved to full abstraction but via his influence on younger artists – notably Mark Rothko – he played handmaiden to the more radical achievements of the next generation.