Sally Michel Avery  (American, 1902-2003) 

Sally Michel Avery (American, 1902–2003), who exhibited her work as Sally Michel, was an artist and illustrator, born in Brooklyn, NY. She studied Art at the Art Students League, and spent summers painting in Gloucester, MA. While there, she met her husband, fellow artist Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), in 1924. They married in New York in 1926. Michel worked as an illustrator to support their family, which enabled her husband to continue painting and studying at the Art Students League until his work began to sell. The Avery family frequently traveled during the summer months. Their vacations around North America, Mexico, and Europe inspired many of Michel’s landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits of people and animals. Michel and Avery often shared studio space, and critiqued one another’s work. Michel often painted landscapes and figures in flat planes of rich color, where places and people were frequently represented by simple shapes or outlines, without the details of identifiable facial features. Her work is characterized by a depthless blending of background and foreground, and by playful color combinations. Avery himself worked in a very similar style, and the collaboration between husband and wife is apparent in their paintings. Their close working relationship resulted in a coalescence of their aesthetic sensibilities, and they developed a joint “Avery style.” Michel had one solo show in 1981 at the Waverly Gallery in New York. Solo retrospectives of her work have been exhibited at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Fresno Art Museum. Her works are included in many private collections, and in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, among others. Michel died on January 9, 2003.

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Sally Michel Avery, Mexican Market


Sally Michel Avery
Mexican Market

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Sally Michel Avery, Watchers by the Sea


Sally Michel Avery
Watchers by the Sea

Art Resource Group
Sally Michel Avery, Two Birds


Sally Michel Avery
Two Birds

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Sally Michel Avery, Chess Game


Sally Michel Avery
Chess Game

The Caldwell Gallery
Sally Michel Avery, Mountains & Meadows


Sally Michel Avery
Mountains & Meadows

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Sally Michel Avery, Lankey Nude


Sally Michel Avery
Lankey Nude

Katharina Rich Perlow Fine Art
Sally Michel Avery, Solitude


Sally Michel Avery

Katharina Rich Perlow Fine Art
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Sally Michel Avery, Red Interior


Sally Michel Avery
Red Interior, 1968
Oil on canvas board


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Sally Michel Avery, Lake in the Hills


Sally Michel Avery
Lake in the Hills, 1981
oil on canvas


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Sally Michel Avery, Tree & Mountain


Sally Michel Avery
Tree & Mountain, 1981
oil on canvas


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1902   Born: Brooklyn, NY
1956   Yaddo Fellow, NY
1957   MacDowell Colony Fellowship, NY
2003   Died: New York, NY
  Education: Art Students League, NYC
2006 - 2007   Art in Embassy, American Embassy, Moscow, Russia
2006 - 2007   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC
2006   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
2004   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
2003   Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC (solo)
1998 - 1999   Wright Gallery, NYC
1993 - 1997   Wright Gallery, Palm Beach (solo)
1990   Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA (solo)
1989   Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1989   David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (solo)
1989   Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee
1989   Rudolph Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1986 - 1989   Women’s Art Journal Tenth Year Celebration, Childs Gallery, Boston & NYC
1988   Art in Embassy, Ambassador’s Residence, Manil
1988   Bell Gallery, Woodstock, NY (solo)
1988   Wallace Wentworth Gallery, Wash. DC (solo)
1987   The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA, Retrospective (solo)
1987   Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, Seventy Five American Masters
1985   Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock, NY (solo)
1984   Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA, (Avery Family)
1975 - 1983   Henry Fox Gallery
1982   Ulster County Council for the Arts, Kingston, NY (solo)
1981   Waverly Gallery, NYC (solo)
1973   Galerie du Jonelle, Palm Springs, CA
1970   New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT (Avery Family)
1969   Jarvis Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1965 - 1967   Paul Kessler Gallery, Princeton, MA
1958   Village Art Center, NYC, (Second Prize-oil painting award)
1957   Village Art Center, NYC, (First Prize-oil painting award)
1950   New York City Center Gallery, NY
1950   Sid Deutsch Gallery, NYC
1950   Woodstock Art Center, NY