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Sally Michel Avery (1902 - 2003)
Spring Forest, 1956
Oil on board
24 x 24 inches
Signed and dated at lower right:: Sally Michel / 1956
The artist
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, New York, New York
Private Collection, until 2019
A modernist painter, Sally Michel, also known as Sally Avery, worked in an early modernist style. She attended the Art Students League in New York and exhibited at the Child's Gallery in Boston.

In 1926, she married artist Milton Avery, and they worked together closely as each other's models and critic, and some persons have suggested that her husband, Milton Avery, used many of her ideas in his paintings.

In deference to raising her family, she put her husband's career ahead of her own but did sell illustrations to The New York Times. After her husband's death, she has received increased recognition.

The New York Times wrote of the artist in 2016:
"Without Sally Michel there would have been no Milton Avery, or at least not as much. They met in 1924 and married in 1926. For much of their marriage, Michel (1902-2003) worked as a freelance illustrator, enabling Avery (1885-1965) to focus on his painting. A painter as well, Michel made this sacrifice because she was convinced of Avery’s greatness. She also adapted the simplified forms from his style, which put her further in his shadow.”