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Road to the Sea

Milton Avery

American Art

Like the modernist John Marin before him, Milton Avery described landscapes in a spare and summary way, using a variety of precisely placed touches to suggest the key details of a place. In this view of the rolling coastline of Canada’s rugged Gaspé Peninsula, parallel charcoal lines and strokes of blue wash together indicate the trees on a hillside. Unlike Marin (whose work is also on view here), however, Avery always anchored his shorthand details within an overall composition, based in a few simple outlines and extending to the edges of the sheet.
MEDIUM Transparent watercolor with small touches of opaque watercolor over charcoal on off-white, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1938
DIMENSIONS 22 1/2 x 30 5/8 in. (57.2 x 77.8 cm) Frame: 28 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Milton Avery"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965). Road to the Sea, ca. 1938. Transparent watercolor with small touches of opaque watercolor over charcoal on off-white, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper, 22 1/2 x 30 5/8 in. (57.2 x 77.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 43.104. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.104_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 43.104_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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