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Russian Ballet

Max Weber

American Art

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.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1916
DIMENSIONS 30 x 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm) frame: 39 1/4 h x 45 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (99.7 x 115.6 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Max Weber 1916"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Max Weber (American, born Russia, 1881-1961). Russian Ballet, 1916. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36in. (76.2 x 91.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.29 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.29_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.11.29_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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