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Summer

1909 Max Weber Born: Bialystok, Russia 1881 Died: Great Neck, New York 1961 oil on canvas 40 1/4 x 23 7/8 in. (102.2 x 60.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1993.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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Weber was in Paris from 1905 to 1908, soaking up the artistic styles of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne. In the galleries and at Gertrude Stein's evening salons, the avant-garde writers and painters of the day enjoyed far greater recognition than America's conservative establishment could offer. Weber came back to the States convinced that his personal, expressive art was as important as the work of the academic painters who dominated the market. He and a handful of New York painters staged modest exhibitions that helped pave the way for the great Armory Show of 1913. For Summer he borrowed the poses of prostitutes in Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and ideas from Freud's psycho-sexual theories to create an image of women as elemental forces of nature.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Figure group - female - nude

Landscape - season - summer

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas