Born in Russia in 1881, Max Weber immigrated to Brooklyn in 1891 to join his father. He enrolled at the Pratt Institute and studied with Arthur Wesley Dow, a prominent artist of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. In 1905, Weber traveled to Paris and began studies at the Académie Julian, but found the style of art being taught their too rigid. The following year, Weber was introduced to Cézanne’s work at the Salon d’Automne. This inspired him to change his style by creating more abstract flattened forms with thicker brushstrokes. His new work was exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d’Automne.
In 1909, he returned to the United States and was represented by famed art dealer, Alfred Stieglitz. He began to exhibit his work to an American audience, including the “Younger American Painters” show. However, Max Weber’s style of blending European modernism aesthetics with American subjects was not appreciated by art critics of the day.
By 1912, Max Weber was showing both in the US and Europe and his reputation was secured. Over the course of his career, Weber experimented with Fauvism, Cubism, Expresssionism, and Futurism. Today, he is considered to have been a pioneer and important contributor to twentieth-century art. His work can be found in important public collections, including the the Whitney Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.