Milton Avery 1893-1965
P77109 Dawn1952, pub. 1953
Woodcut 180 x 230 (7 1/8 x 9 1/8) on Japan paper 227 x 375 (8 7/8 x 14 3/4); printed by Steve Pace, New York and published by the Collectors of American Art in an edition of 15
Inscribed ‘Milton Avery' below image b.r. and ‘9/15' below image b.l.; printed inscription ‘M.A' b.r. of image
Purchased at Christie's, New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1985
Repr: Harry H. Lunn Jr, Milton Avery Prints 1933-1955, Washington DC 1973, p.63, no. 40.
‘Dawn' was the first block to be cut in a series of 21 woodcuts which Avery made between 1952 and 1955. This period of concentrated activity is significant in that it represents Avery's success, as a printmaker, in combining those stylistic characteristics which had hitherto remained separate in his prints in other media. During the period 1933-1949 Avery completed thirty drypoints, a medium in which the images are characteristically executed as black lines on a white background. In 1949, Avery suffered a heart attack which compelled him to cease working in this medium and also forced him to stop painting…