In 1912 Max Weber wrote of his creative process: "We shall not be bound by visible objects—only the essence we as humans get out of them. . . . Memories are visible things." Weber saw a performance of the famous Russian Ballet in New York in 1914 and shortly afterward executed a watercolor recording his impressions of the dancers. Two years later he painted this oil, which shows the crystallization of this memory in even greater abstraction.
- Artist: Max Weber, American, born Russia, 1881-1961
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1916
- Dimensions: 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Max Weber 1916"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.11.29
- Credit Line: Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Max Weber (American, born Russia, 1881-1961). Russian Ballet, 1916. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.29
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)