Weber was a pivotal figure in introducing Cubism to America and touched on virtually every phase of Modernism as one of its most versatile and inventive pioneers. He was also among the first American artists to create a recognized body of work based on the Jewish experience and the first American Modernist painter to be granted a solo museum exhibition (Newark Museum, 1913).
He was also a consummate Expressionist who served as a crucial link between the first wave of American modernism and the action painters associated with the New York School at mid-century. Though best known today for his monumental Cubist and Futurist images of Manhattan from the 1910s, Max Weber: Paintings from the 1930s, 40s and 50s examines the artist’s later years as a pivotal period in which Weber’s powerful form of Expressionism fully flourished.
Revealing the immense virtuosity of Max Weber’s mature style and skill, the over 40 paintings and works on paper selected from the Weber Estate for this exhibition include the artist’s signature still lifes; evocative interiors, landscapes, and nudes, and more somber religious and socially-conscious paintings from the war years. Many of the works on view have not been exhibited in decades including several of which were included in the artist’s landmark 1949 retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum such as The Muses, 1944, and Acrobats, 1946 (attached).