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Vintage Oil ""An Ideal Head" Attributed to Kenneth Newell Avery "After Rubens" Detroit, Michigan/California artist

Vintage Oil ""An Ideal Head" Attributed to Kenneth Newell Avery "After Rubens" Detroit, Michigan/California artist

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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Beautifully done "Ideal Head," that I am attributing to Kenneth Newell Avery (1886-1949). Painting is an oil on canvas; size is 16" x 13,." plus frame. Has had an earlier conservation or cleaning and is in very good condition. This painting was purchased from a collection in California about the same time that the signed work by Mr. Avery was also purchased; but not the same collector. I found mention of - possibly this work - in the article about an exhibition he held at his studio in 1910. Please see the enclosed biography. Also a drawing that was done by Rubens for possible comparison. Whoever was the artist, if not Avery, this is a very well done work.

Avery, Kenneth Newell (1882-1949)
Parents: John Herbert and Ella (Smith) Avery.
Although born in Bay City, Michigan, the family soon moved to Detroit, Michigan. Avery was a pupil of William Merritt Chase in New York City, and of Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris. After spending a few years in France, he moved to southern California in 1906. He lived in Pasadena until the late 1930’s when he moved to Hemet, California. Avery died there in 1949. His specialty was portraits and figure studies. He was a member of the Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; California Art Club (charter member, 1909); Pasadena Art Association.

Kenneth Newell Avery, a member of one of the wealthiest pioneer families of Detroit, Michigan, is registered at the Hayward. Mr. Avery is connected with realty companies, street railway and banks in the Michigan city.
The Los Angeles Times (newspaper) (Los Angeles, California) 26 March, 1908.

Pictures by Mr. Avery.
An exhibition of paintings by Kenneth Newell Avery
The artist was born in Detroit some twenty six years ago. At the age of 20 he went to Paris and studied under Jean Paul Laurens. During his second year in Paris he exhibited a picture in the current Salon. Later, at the earnest solicitation of Laurens, he sent his “Model Resting,” which was also shown at the Exposition of Orleans. The model, who is of course nude, with a cloak thrown over one shoulder, is a blonde with wonderful white skin, whose quality and texture art rendered by the young painter in a manner that does not fall short of the masterly.
The portraits that do not come under the head of mere studies – “William C. Baker,” Artist’s Mother,’ etc. – prove the portrait painter without cavil or doubt. Men and women are his theme, and must ever by so. Mr. Avery did much earnest work from the old masters. Two of his copies are shown, Velasquez’s splendid "Portrait of Sculptor Martinez,” and a head by Rubens.
We have many good landscape painters in Southern California. The painters of portraits are almost too few, and the fact is that a man of Kenneth Newell Avery’s talent has joined the ranks is a cause for genuine congratulation.
The Los Angeles Times (newspaper) (Los Angeles, California) 13 March, 1910
Beautifully done "Ideal Head," that I am attributing to Kenneth Newell Avery (1886-1949). Painting is an oil on canvas; size is 16" x 13,." plus frame. Has had an earlier conservation or cleaning and is in very good condition. This painting was purchased from a collection in California about the same time that the signed work by Mr. Avery was also purchased; but not the same collector. I found mention of - possibly this work - in the article about an exhibition he held at his studio in 1910. Please see the enclosed biography. Also a drawing that was done by Rubens for possible comparison. Whoever was the artist, if not Avery, this is a very well done work.

Avery, Kenneth Newell (1882-1949)
Parents: John Herbert and Ella (Smith) Avery.
Although born in Bay City, Michigan, the family soon moved to Detroit, Michigan. Avery was a pupil of William Merritt Chase in New York City, and of Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris. After spending a few years in France, he moved to southern California in 1906. He lived in Pasadena until the late 1930’s when he moved to Hemet, California. Avery died there in 1949. His specialty was portraits and figure studies. He was a member of the Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; California Art Club (charter member, 1909); Pasadena Art Association.

Kenneth Newell Avery, a member of one of the wealthiest pioneer families of Detroit, Michigan, is registered at the Hayward. Mr. Avery is connected with realty companies, street railway and banks in the Michigan city.
The Los Angeles Times (newspaper) (Los Angeles, California) 26 March, 1908.

Pictures by Mr. Avery.
An exhibition of paintings by Kenneth Newell Avery
The artist was born in Detroit some twenty six years ago. At the age of 20 he went to Paris and studied under Jean Paul Laurens. During his second year in Paris he exhibited a picture in the current Salon. Later, at the earnest solicitation of Laurens, he sent his “Model Resting,” which was also shown at the Exposition of Orleans. The model, who is of course nude, with a cloak thrown over one shoulder, is a blonde with wonderful white skin, whose quality and texture art rendered by the young painter in a manner that does not fall short of the masterly.
The portraits that do not come under the head of mere studies – “William C. Baker,” Artist’s Mother,’ etc. – prove the portrait painter without cavil or doubt. Men and women are his theme, and must ever by so. Mr. Avery did much earnest work from the old masters. Two of his copies are shown, Velasquez’s splendid "Portrait of Sculptor Martinez,” and a head by Rubens.
We have many good landscape painters in Southern California. The painters of portraits are almost too few, and the fact is that a man of Kenneth Newell Avery’s talent has joined the ranks is a cause for genuine congratulation.
The Los Angeles Times (newspaper) (Los Angeles, California) 13 March, 1910

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