- Avery's Life
Milton Clark Avery was born on March 7, 1885, in Sand Bank (now Altmar), N.Y., the son of tanner Russell Avery and dressmaker Esther March. Avery's family moved to 12 Wilson Ave. in Windsor in 1898. In moving to Connecticut, the family was returning to its roots; according to Bette Daraskevich of the East Hartford Historical Society, Avery was a descendant of William Chesebrough, one of the founders of Stonington.
Avery's father died when Milton was young (the 1900 federal census lists Milton's mother as a widow) so Milton went to work in a series of jobs ? lathe man, aligner, assembler, mechanic, construction worker ? at places including Hartford Machine and Screw Co. and Underwood Manufacturing Co. He also worked as a file clerk at Travelers Insurance. By 1916, Avery's extended family had moved to 98 Connecticut Blvd. in East Hartford.
On the side, Avery took classes at Connecticut League of Art Students starting in 1917, and later, in 1919, at the School of the Art Society of Hartford, the forerunner of the Hartford Art School at University of Hartford.
In New York, Avery began to gain attention among gallery owners, collectors and the press.
Avery died on Jan. 3, 1965, and his reputation has grown ever since. He is buried in the Artists Cemetery in Woodstock, N.Y.
bio taken from http://articles.courant.com/2012-02-08/entertainment/hc-milton-avery-0210-20120208_1_milton-avery-art-critic-chief-curator