Known for her lyrical depictions of everyday life, Sally Michel Averyused techniques and stylized forms similar to those of her husband Milton Avery, although Michel’s works were often smaller and more thickly painted. Born Sally Michel in 1902 in Brooklyn, NY, she met her husband in 1924 while spending the summer painting in Gloucester, MA. They married in 1926, and over the following decades she would support her husband’s career by working as a commercial illustrator enabling him to continue painting 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. The artist continued to paint throughout her life, dying at the age 100 on January 9, 2003 in New York, NY. She is survived by her daughter the painter March Avery. Today, Michel’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Fresno Art Museum, among others.
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