Max Weber (1881-1961), The Offering, c.1960, oil on canvas, 11 x 9 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Homer P. Clark, 1974.
Jewish-American painter Max Weber was born on this day in 1881. Weber is considered one of the earliest American painters to paint in the Cubist style. As a young man, he traveled to Europe to study the works of Rousseau, Matisse, and Picasso. When we returned and began exhibiting his work, the public did not take kindly to this new style and Weber found very little success. It took several years of facing the discouraging public reception before Weber achieved success with the public. In the 1930s, the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited Weber’s work, and from then critics found his work to be among the best of the Cubists.