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It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

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Back Female Nude

1949
16 1/8 x 11 7/8 in. (41 x 30.1 cm)

Ralph Avery
American (Savannah, GA, 1906 - 1976, Rochester, NY)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Watercolor with graphite on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Ralph Avery
Accession Number: 1977.152.230
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Location: Not currently on view

Ralph Avery graduated from Mechanics Institute (now RIT) in 1928 and taught there for over 25 years. He achieved local acclaim for his watercolor depictions of our city, particularly its Third Ward, as it was being forever changed by urban renewal in the 1960s. But his national commissions were equally impressive, helping to blur the distinction between illustration and fine art; his landscapes and city views were featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest 14 times. Avery bequeathed the contents of his studio to MAG. Among the works that entered the collection was this uncharacteristic but very beautiful sketch of a female nude.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Signed "RALPH AVERY Academie Julian Paris - 1949"

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