This work by Max Weber shows a figure wearing a hat in a cubist-like style

Max Weber

American, 1881–1961

Soloist at Wanamaker’s, 1910

Gouache and mixed media

on paper laid down on board 

30 x 18 inches

Signed and dated lower right

 

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A Russian immigrant who settled in Brooklyn, Max Weber studied under Arthur Dow at the Pratt Institute and later studied in Paris from 1905 to 1909. He was fortunate to be in Paris during a pivotal time in the art world: Matisse was exploring the brilliant colors of Persia, and Picasso was developing the theories of what became known as cubism. Weber understood and appreciated these ideas but was most influenced by Cézanne’s unique depiction of space.

Soloist at Wanamaker’s shows Weber’s interest in combining these influences. Here, Weber connects the visual and performing arts, as he depicts a female singer at the popular Wanamaker’s department store in Manhattan. While many other artists in his circle—such as Arthur Dove, John Marin, and Georgia O’Keeffe—came to be known for nature-based abstractions that were devoid of people, Weber embraced the figure in his paintings—a predilection that would set him apart from his contemporaries.

This work by Max Weber shows a figure wearing a hat in a cubist-like style