Milton Avery Watercolor
This dynamic watercolor of the East River by Milton Avery was framed in a simple, flat gilded frame. The frame was of contemporary manufacture and the surface, while bright, did not have any sense of age or subtlety. The yellow gold surface did little to enhance the cool palette of the painting. The new silver-gilded frame is not overly burnished and bright, and the softly modulated surface complements both the texture of the paper and the colors of the painting. Similarly, the new frame chosen has areas of carving that reinforce the composition: the three carved bands near the sight edge (both straight and intermittent) speak to the lines in the suspension of the bridge and the notches carved along the back edge of the frame mirror the undulations in the water and the overall energy of the painting, echoing the dynamism of the image.