American, born Russia,
Two Standing Figures
5 3/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (13.65 cm x 11.75 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gouache on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
© Estate of Max Weber. Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
Weber was a teacher at the Art Students League in New York from 1919 to 1927, and his presence in that environment insured his regular access to nude figures that were common subjects for life class drawings. The subject allowed Weber to experiment with different styles. Further, the nude study can also function as a still life, its significance concentrated in the style the artist uses to portray the figure. In this small gouache, Weber’s intent appears unabashedly decorative—the Cubist-derived distortion and angularity are softened by the muted tones and the absorption of the medium into a highly textured paper.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 60, p. 152.