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Avery made color carry secret meanings, too

(WADSWORTH ATHENEUM)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / March 13, 2012
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Milton Avery was one of America’s finest mid-century artists, and his color harmonies were endlessly surprising. Avery could be painting a landscape, a nude, or - as in the marvelous painting “Husband and Wife’’ at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford - a couple at rest in a living room. But in every case, you feel a kind of spiritual shiver, a lack of completion, something short of the full-throatedness of a true hedonist.

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HUSBAND AND WIFE By Milton Avery

At: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org