July 8, 2013

Art Inspired: Milton Avery, Walkers by the Sea

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I've always loved the under-painted/scumbling look of Milton Avery's paintings. The ethereal feel of his work reminds me of the way you might recall a day at the beach--not quite real, but filled with sensory pleasures and remembered light and color. As we're now hitting mid-summer, I thought his painting, Walkers by the Sea, with it's beautiful teal and sandy contrast + small accents of black would be a perfect inspiration for this week's art inspired fashion post.
Milton Avery's career also has a fairytale component. Working night jobs so he could paint during the day, Avery painted in obscurity for decades, supporting nine female relatives and his wife. At the age of 55, Avery met Roy Neuberger, a wealthy art collector who was so taken with Avery's works, that he purchased 100 paintings. Neuberger lent or donated these paintings to high profile museums around the world, and gradually Avery became a highly respected and successful painter. Considered one of the seminal American abstract painters, despite his life-long figurative narrative, Avery's spare, flat style and unique use of color was unlike any other painter of his time.

Here are a few fun & pretty {plus a few aspirational} picks that I would love to add to my closet--of course, the leopard is already mine :)

Sweatshirt: Matthew Williamson
Sunglasses: A. R. Trapp
Earrings: Triangle Drop Earrings
Dress: Issa Silk Open back dress
Clutch: Mary Jo Matsumoto Leopard Fold-Over
Pumps: Chloe Mirror Trim
Sandals: Veronique Branquinho
Espadrilles: Soludos Dali Flat Espadrilles
Shorts: Joie Sand Linen

Do you like Milton Avery's style? And does mid-summer find you wearing sea-inspired colors?

If you liked this post, you might enjoy checking out the 78 other Art Inspired Fashion posts linked on the right hand index.


Kim Alston said...

I do like his style!!! It's so pretty and unique. I'm also loving the inspiration board you put together Mary Jo! That blue green looks awesome with that leopard. Pretty! Have a great week doll!

katie said...

i think you should add all of these to your closet. thanks for the art introduction. i'm off to hunt down a copy of this.

Alexa said...

That is a very gorgeous painting Mary Jo...mysterious in a way and sort of dream like. Love those ones because I feel like you can kind of get lost staring at them. Love the colors you drew from it! Happy Monday!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi Mary Jo!

What a lovely painting ... it's always interesting how much emotion a painting can bring ... and this one does bring thoughts of days by the sea in a lovely way. I LOVE all of your fashion choices too ... your foldover is so pretty, the color of sand. Summer's going by much too fast for me. I feel like I need to squeeze every drop of sunshine into a secret box to carry into the upcoming (and thankfully still farrrrr off) fall and winter seasons! Have a fab week, Mary Jo! xo ~S

SANDY M Illustration

Lisa Hjalt said...

I like the painting and it was interesting to read about the artist. I don't believe I have seen a painting by him before.

I think I have a little crush on that sweatshirt. I don't have anything like that in my humble wardrobe.

Alexis Grace said...

I love the painting and all of the fashion finds--- the painting is totally ethereal and I love the teal color....

Chicago Chic said...

Such chic pieces!

Classiq said...

Mary Jo, I love the painting so much! Thank you for another art lesson. I like this under-painted style and I think I would prefer it to many classic styles.

I need a pair of espadrilles in my summer wardrobe. I like the colour choice too. I saw a pair of colourful espadrilles at Clarks, they were lovely, but I went for loafers instead. Now I'm actually thinking how I would pair one of your clutches with espadrilles. :)

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful painting and pics!
Love that teal dress!


P.S. Hope you had a fab 4th, too ~ thanks for sending along the polish :)

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Ah! Beautiful. And I didn't know about this artist, so thank you! :)

Melissa Blake said...

These colors are awesome!!

Anthea said...

Agree! Great art introduction :) love your selections and your blog! Am following you now!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

My favorite part of your Art Inspired posts is how you share a little background story of each artist you feature. Avery's use of color is really interesting and the shades in this painting are particularly lovely. I think I need more sea inspired colors in my summer wardrobe!

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dimitri said...

This painting is absolutely beautiful. I love these colors so much.
It's a very nice inspiration and i love your selection of pieces. So pretty dress.

Liat Arad said...

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Mira said...

The painting looks totally stunning. I love his style. Love your picks. Esp. the rad sweatshirt and the sandals.

Cafe Fashionista said...

That Matthew Williamson Sweatshirt is gorgeous! :)


I agree and love his works Mary Jo. I always like a bit of abstraction in art, and the Scrumbling effect I think has always been a great way to alter without entirely losing the composition. Goes so well with your style selections! Enjoy your day. xx/Madison

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

He has a beautiful style - serene and a little sad as well.

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Diana Mieczan said...

I love those beautifully calming colours. They are so perfect for easy-breezy and understated summer. That sweatshirt totally tickles my fancy. Happy Tuesday, lovely.

MOSAMUSE said...

cute sweater!!


trishie said...

Oh you're so right about the recalling a day at the beach...everything tends to be hazy and more about light and colour. I love the sea inspired items you've picked out!

Laura said...

Hey sweetheart, this is such a great post! I love the painting, it's so calm and naturally beautiful. As a big fan of art I love posts like yours, the mix of fashion and paintings is a great idea! That sweater is to die for - want it! Thank you for your lovely comment, I didn't apply to colleges on Majorca but in Germany where I'm gonna start studying. I lived in NYC for over two years myself until Dec. 2012 so I know what you mean with "a place more laid-back" for college years :D May I ask what school in NY you went to? Keep up the great work, xoxo from Spain

Beauty Follower said...

You have made great sellection, dear!


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