Milton Avery was born in upstate New York but lived in Hartford (1901) during his teenage years and as a young adult. He studied at the Connecticut League of Art Students in Hartford, and decided on a career as a painter. Eventually he moved to New York, and there first saw the modern art being produced in Europe. Avery ultimately developed a strong modern style, distinguished by suave forms and lyrical colors. The critic Barbara Haskell says of him, "As one of the first and most accomplished American exponents of color and its structural function, Avery paved the way for later generations of American colorists."