Rooster

Milton Avery (1893-1965), Rooster, woodcut, 1953, signed and dated in pencil lower right. Reference: Lunn 50, fourth state (of 4), published in an edition of 100 by Collectors of American Art. In very good condition, with full margins, 9 5/8 x 7 1/4,  the sheet 12 x 9 inches (24.5 x 18.4, the sheet 30.5 x 22.9 m.), printed on a cream Japan paper, in blue and black.

A fine impression, printed in blue and black.

Avery loved cutting and printing woodcuts, and experimenting with different color combinations on some of them. For Rooster, he initially made editions of 25 in black only, then in gray, then a few proofs in yellow and black, and finally an edition in blue and black.

Avery took up the woodcut in 1952, working on about 17 over the next three years, before his health declined and the effort of cutting and printing became too arduous for him.  He apparently enjoyed experimenting with different colors and color combinations,  and printing the colored cuts with varying intensity, and slightly out of register, so that no single print is identical to another.