Max Weber (1881-1961)

Hiro Fine Art is interested in purchasing artwork by Max Weber.

The stylistic pioneer of the early modernists, Max Weber played a role in introducing avant-garde art to America. Born in Russia, he immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. He studied with Arthur Wesley Dow at the Pratt Institute, where he learned to see forms not as objects, but as visual relationships. He taught art in Virginia, and Duluth, Minnesota from 1903-5, before continuing study in Paris academies. While in Europe, the cubist artworks by Picasso and Braque influenced Weber’s style when he returned to New York in 1909 and began experimenting. He was also one of the first American artists that expressed an interest in Native Americans of the Southwest. Weber holds the position of the first American modernist artist to hold a solo exhibition at an American museum, which occurred at the Newark Museum. During this time, his style was marked by broad brushstrokes, heavy outlines, and flattened space. Through his career, he worked in oil, watercolor, printmaking, and sculpture, including styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, Dynamism, and Futurism. His later work centered on spiritual themes in the expressionistic style, then experiments with the figure. He wrote treatises on modernist theories, and was one of the first American artists to create abstract sculptures. His foremost contribution to twentieth-century art was his ability to merge European modernism with American subject matter, which established Weber as the foremost practitioner of Cubism in America.