Highlights from Avery Galleries Collection of American Paintings, November 1, 2016–January 2, 2017

Highlights from Avery Galleries Collection of American Paintings


We are delighted to announce our fall 2016 exhibition, Highlights from Avery Galleries’ Collection of American Paintings.  This exhibition showcases twenty-four of our most exceptional paintings, including several masterworks of American art. We organized the catalogue around the broad categories of “Nineteenth Century,” “Impressionism,” and “Modernism” which roughly encompasses the full scope of what Avery Galleries represents.

In each of these sections, several paintings stand out as truly extraordinary works of art. Apples in a Basket from 1895 by William J. McCloskey is an excellent example of American still life painting at its very best. McCloskey renders the intricate folds of the tissue paper and the richly colored fruit with an almost trompe l’oeil level of illusionism that calls to mind the work of William Michael Harnett or Frederick Peto. An incredibly rare work of American Impressionism by Willard LeRoy Metcalf, Garden of Dreams is one of only five known nocturnes that the artist produced, several of which reside in major museum collections. Equally rare and important, our catalogue also includes a recently discovered painting by the modernist Henry Fitch Taylor. Most of Taylor’s work, particularly his modernist pictures, has been lost, and this striking and brilliantly colorful abstraction represents a truly exciting and remarkable find.

These are only a few of the highlights from our exhibition, which also includes works by notable American artists such as William Trost Richards, Daniel Garber, Edward Willis Redfield, and Oscar Bluemner. This exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalogue, which is available upon request.