Happy birthday to American painter Max Weber (1881–1961). Born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, Weber headed to Paris in 1905 and immersed himself in the city’s avant-garde, absorbing the work of Rousseau, Matisse, and Picasso. When he returned to the US in 1909, he became a major figure in introducing Cubism to a skeptical (at first) American public. This canvas from 1911 speaks to the revolutionary impact Cézanne had on Weber and his generation of artists.
“Group of Figures,” 1911, by Max Weber