Max Weber

Max Weber

American, 1881–1961
The Fisherman
1919, gouache on canvas, 58.7 x 43.2 cm (23 1/8 x 17 in.)

While living in Paris from 1905 to 1909, Weber befriended Pablo Picasso and witnessed firsthand the development of cubism. When the American artist returned home he brought with him the first painting by Picasso to enter the United States. Weber’s own painting adopted a cubist style, as seen in the fractured planes, masklike features, and subdued palette of The Fisherman. Too abstract to bear a true likeness, the portrait nevertheless suggests the artist, an avid fisherman, who smoked a pipe and wore a vest and jacket much like those depicted here.