Max Weber  (American, 1881-1961) 

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Max Weber (American, 1881–1961) was a Jewish-American artist who primarily worked in the Cubism style before transitioning to Jewish themes in later years. Weber was born on April 18, 1891, in the Polish city of Bialystok, which was part of the Russian Empire at the time. When he was just a boy, Weber immigrated to America with his family. At the age of 16, he began to study art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, with Arthur Wesley Dow (American, 1857–1922). Dow's theories regarding art and design, as well as his continued interest in Far Eastern styles of painting, would later heavily influence the development of Weber's artistic style.

After graduating, Weber relocated to Virginia to accept a teaching position. Eventually, he also relocated to Minnesota for the purpose of teaching. After saving enough money, Weber traveled to Paris in 1905. For a period of time, he studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. The inability to draw from live models soon became too constricting, and Weber left Paris. He also attended the Académie Colarossi. Throughout 1906 and 1907, Weber exhibited his works at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne. During his time in Paris, Weber became acquainted with several well-known Modernist artists, including Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Matisse (French, 1869–1964), Henri Rousseau (French, 1844–1910), and others associated with the School of Paris.

As the result of financial difficulties, Weber returned to America in 1909. Once home, he began to tour numerous galleries and became acquainted with Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), an advocate of the Modernist movement. Through Stieglitz's financial support, Weber was able to continue his work. His work during this time reflected flattened spaces and broad brushstrokes. Following his return to America, Weber worked at introducing Cubism in America.

Today, the artist is considered to be one of the foremost American Cubists. In 1910, he participated in the Younger American Painters show. He also exhibited his works at numerous one-man shows in Stieglitz's New York Gallery, 291. Until 1919, Weber's works were primarily restricted to a Cubist-Futurist style. After World War I, religious and spiritual themes began to emerge in his works. During the 1930s, Weber began to introduce lyrical portrayals of individuals from Eastern Europe. He also began to experiment with color, space, and lines. Weber is remembered for his ability to blend American urban subjects with European modernism.

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Max Weber, Women in Garden

 

Max Weber
Women in Garden
1912

Aaron Payne Fine Art
Max Weber, Untitled Female Portrait Head

 

Max Weber
Untitled Female Portrait Head
Savvy Collector
Max Weber, Woman Reading

 

Max Weber
Woman Reading
1916

Gerald Peters Gallery, NY
Max Weber, Flowers

 

Max Weber
Flowers
1944

Gerald Peters Gallery, NY
Max Weber, Girl on Chair

 

Max Weber
Girl on Chair
circa 1940-1950

Robert Funk Fine Art
Max Weber, Summer

 

Max Weber
Summer
1910

Robert Funk Fine Art
Max Weber, Sping

 

Max Weber
Sping
1913-1918

Robert Funk Fine Art
Max Weber, Sorrow

 

Max Weber
Sorrow
1918

Fromkin Fine Art
Max Weber, Three Nudes in Landscape

 

Max Weber
Three Nudes in Landscape
1910

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Max Weber, Still Life with Pitcher, Bottles and Fruit

 

Max Weber
Still Life with Pitcher, Bottles and Fruit
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Max Weber, Feast of Passover (The Holy Book)

 

Max Weber
Feast of Passover (The Holy Book), 1920
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Max Weber, Woodcuts and Linoleum Blocks (vol. w/33 works)

 

Max Weber
Woodcuts and Linoleum Blocks (vol. w/33 works), 1956
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1881   Born: in Byalostol, Russia
1891   Moved to the U.S. with his parents, settling in Brooklyn, NY
1897   Graduated from Boys' High School, Brooklyn, NY
1897 - 1900   Studied at Pratt Institute under Wesley Dow, New York, NY
1900 - 1905   Taught drawing and painting at public schools in Virginia and Michigan
1905   Moved to Paris, France and studied at the Julian Academy under Jean Paul Laurens
1909   Returned to New York, NY
1917   Became director of the Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY
1914 - 1918   Lectured on history and appreciation of art at the White School of Photography, New York, NY
1920 - 1921   Taught at the art students' League, New York, NY
1926   Primitives published. Taught at the Art Students' League again
1928   Received Potter Palmer Gold Medal, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1931   Guest Teacher at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
1937   National chairman, American Artists' Congress (organization of artists against Fascism)
1938 - 1940   Honorary national chairman, American Artists' Congress
1941   Awarded the Temple Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Ada s. Garrett Prize, Art Institute of Chicago
1945   Awarded Second Prize, Pepsi-Cola Exhibition, New York, NY
1951   Guest teacher, Humanities Department, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
1955   Elected member of The National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1956   Awarded Lippincott Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
1958   Received honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1959   Life Fellow, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1961   Dies: in Great Neck, NY
2010   Max Weber: Music, Art and Dance: Paintings, Works on Paper, Sculpture and Prints, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s, 40s and 50s" Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   Max Weber's Modern Vision, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)
Max Weber, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY; Santa Fe, NM (solo)
1991   Max Weber: The Cubist Decade, 1910–1920, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
1985   The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris, 1905–1945, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Max Weber: American Modern, The Jewish MuseumJewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1980   National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC (solo)
1975   All Media Exhibition, 1907–1956, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1969 - 1972   Bernard Danenberg Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
1968   University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, San Diego, CA (solo)
1966   Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (solo)
1962   National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (solo)
Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
1959   Pratt Institute, New York, NY (solo)
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ (solo)
1958   Retrospective, The Downtown Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1957   Retrospective, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (solo)
1956   Retrospective, Jewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1954   25th Anniversary Exhibition, MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1952 - 1953   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Abstract Art in America, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, , New York, NY
1950 - 1951   25th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
Abstract Art in America, MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Saõ Paulo Biennial, Saõ Paolo, Brazil
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
1949   Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1947   Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA (solo)
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1943   The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (solo)
The Carnegie Institute, New York, NY (solo)
1942   The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (solo)
Paul Rosenberg & Co, New York, NY
1941   Associated American Artists Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
1937   JB Neumann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1935   JB Neumann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1930   Retrospective, MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
JB Neumann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1929   Paintings by Nineteen Living Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1928   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1927 - 1928   JB Neumann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1924 - 1925   JB Neumann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1924   Galerie Bernhiem-Jeune, Paris, France
1923   Montross Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1916   Post Exposition, Panama Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, CA
1915   Ehrich Galleries, New York, NY
Montross Gallery, New York, NY
1913   Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (solo)
1912   Murray Hill Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
1911   291 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1910   Younger American Painters, 291 Gallery, New York, NY
1909   Haas Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1906 - 1908   Salon des Independents, Paris, France
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1996    North, P. . Max Weber: Max Weber's women. New York: Forum Gallery, 1996
1991    North, P. Max Weber: the cubist decade, 1910-1920. Atlanta: High Museum of Art, 1991
1980    Rubenstein, D.R. Max Weber: a catalogue raisonné of his graphic work. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980
1975    Werner, A. Max Weber. New York: Abrams, 1975