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(b Altmar, NY, 7 Mar. 1885; d New York, 3 Jan. 1965). American painter, active mainly in New York. Avery was an independent figure, described by Robert Hughes as ‘a mild, unassuming man who disliked publicity and at best made a bare living from his work’. At a time when most of his leading contemporaries were working in fairly sober, naturalistic styles (see American Scene Painting), he followed the example of Matisse in using flat areas of colour within flowing outlines.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)