Avery painted simple and intimate subjects such as his wife, his daughter, a beach, musicians. In the 1940s he gradually rids his art from all figurative details that are not strictly necessary. In 1950, behind March and Sally, terrace, trees and sky are forming a colored structure arranged in horizontal registers like an abstraction by Rothko. This oil on canvas 76 x 102 cm was sold for $ 5.7 million including premium by Sotheby's on May 21, 2014.
The US abstract art gets developed. Avery maintains relations and retains his influence. His themes remain nevertheless figurative. In 'Sea and sand dunes' painted in Provincetown MA in 1955 the realism of forms and colors has completely vanished.
The big shapeless mass of the dune cancels the right part of the image while providing the only information of perspective in front of the horizontal blocks of sky, sea and beach. The clouds have left the red sky for floating over the almost black sea, or perhaps they are waves.
This oil on canvas 102 x 154 cm is estimated $ 3M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on November 17, lot 42 estimated $ 3M.
Friendship and discussion continue despite the increasing fame of the younger artists now in their fifties. In 1957 Rothko and Gottlieb join Avery in Provincetown during their summer vacations.
SOLD for $ 3.6M including premium