In a long career covering more than half a century, reflecting various revolutionary art movements of those years, and containing more than its share of adversity, Max Weber produced a body of work that is passionate and articulate, triumphant in its conspicuous excellence. At various times the consensus of art criticism has favored one or another phase of it, but as the totality of his huge output becomes clearer to us, its common characteristics are more noticeable than its frequent metamorphoses. It is the product of a man who was responsive to new stimuli, but who reinterpreted them with lyrical intuitiveness and a penetrating intellect. A Weber of any period is recognizable for its rich brushwork, for the swift lines darting over the canvas, for its intensity and eloquence.


1881 Born in Byalostol, Russia.
1891 To America with parents, settling in Brooklyn.
1897 Graduated from Boys' High School, Brooklyn.
1897-1900 Studied at Pratt Institute under Wesley Dow.
1900-05 Taught drawing and painting at public schools in Virginia and Michigan.
1905 To Paris and studied at the Julian Academy under Jean Paul Laurens. Frequents the Louvre, the Trocadero, and the Guimet museum of Oriental Art.
1906 To Spain in the summer: El Greco, Velasquez, and Goya. Met Rousseau, Matisse, Marquet, Picasso, and Delaunay.
1907 To Italy: Giotto, Masaccio, and Donatello. Back to Paris to study with Matisse. Went to the great Cezanne exhibit.
1908 First noticed in America in a NY Times article.
1909 returned to New York. First on e man show at Haas gallery.
1910 Exhibited at the 291 Gallery with Marin, Maurer, Hartley and Dove.
1911 One man show At 291, "a brutal, vulgar, and unnecessary display."
1912 One man show at Murray Hill Galleries.
1913 Cubist poems published in London. Exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery.
1914-18 Lectured on history and appreciation of art at the White School of Photography.
1915 Exhibition at Ehrich and Montross galleries.
1916 Essays on Art published.
1920-21 Taught at the art students' League.
1923 One man show at the Montross gallery.
1924-25 One man shows at JB Neumann gallery.
1926 Primitives published. Taught at the Art Students' League again.
1927-28 One man shows at JB Neumann gallery.
1929 Exhibited at MOMA. Moved to Great Neck, NY.
1930 Retrospective at the MOMA. One man show at JB Neumann gallery.
1931 Guest Teacher at University of Minnesota.
1935 One man shows at JB Neumann gallery.
1937 National chairman, American Artists' Congress. One man show at JB Neumann gallery.
1938-40 Honorary national chairman, American Artists' Congress.
1941 Awarded numerous art prizes which included the Temple Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Ada s. Garrett Prize, Art Institute of Chicago. One man show at the Associated American Artists Galleries, NY.
1942 One man show at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Several shows at Paul Rosenberg & Co., NY.
1943 One man show at the Baltimore Museum of Art. One man show at the Carnegie Institute.
1945 Awarded Second Prize, Pepsi-Cola Exhibition, NY.
1949 Large retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
1951 Guest teacher, Humanities Department, University of Minnesota.
1954 Taught art workshop at Bowling Green State University.
1955 Elected member of The National Institute of Arts and Letters, NY.
1956 Awarded Lippincott Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
1957 Doctor of Humane Letters, Brandeis University.
1958 Retrospective at The Downtown Gallery.
1959 Life Fellow, National Institute of Arts and Letters, NY. Doctor of Fine Arts Zurich and Pratt Institute. Retrospectives at Pratt Institute and Newark Museum.
1961 Dies at Great Neck on October 4.