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Born in Bialystok, Russia, but raised in New York City from the age of ten, modernist artist Max Weber revolutionized the American art scene with his avant-garde paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. He first studied painting with Arthur Wesley Dow at the Pratt Institute from 1898 until 1900. His more influential training, however, came in Paris, where he lived between 1905 and 1908, studying under Henri Matisse, befriending Henri Rousseau, discovering the work of Paul Cezanne, meeting Pablo Picasso, and immersing himself in the intellectual milieu of Gertrude and Leo Stein.

Weber returned to New York in 1909 and began exhibiting almost immediately. He had his first one-man exhibition that year at Hass Gallery, followed in 1911 by a one-person show at Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery, a 1912 exhibition at Murray Hill Gallery, and his first museum show at the Newark Museum in 1913.

With these and subsequent exhibitions throughout his career, Weber established himself as one of the foremost practitioners of modern art in the United States. He confronted almost every artistic movement, from Fauvism to Cubism, to Synchromism and Expressionism. He eagerly experimented, ingeniously formed personalized interpretations of each style, and played an influential role in introducing American audiences to the concepts that bolstered these artistic movements. His works of art gave visual expression to the avant-garde, while his published writings (including his influential 1916 Essays on Art) and his frequent lectures provided a secondary outlet for his creativity and influence.