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Composition with Four Figures

Max Weber

American Art

One of the first American artists to embrace modernist innovations in European art, Max Weber created this drawing after a sojourn in Paris from 1905 to 1908. The blocky forms, faceted planes, and masklike faces of his figures show the influence of the early Cubism of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, both of whom Weber met in Paris. In Standing Figure, on display nearby, he adopted a more linear and reductive approach to the female body.
MEDIUM Charcoal and pastel on moderately thick, moderately textured laid paper
DATES 1910
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (61.6 x 46.4 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Max Weber 1910" in graphite above "Max Weber 1910" in charcoal
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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