The consciousness of a great and overwhelming sense of space-magnitude in all directions at one time… 

It is real, and can be perceived and felt.

It exists outside and in the presence of objects, and is the space that envelops a tree, a tower, a mountain, or any solid; or the intervals between objects or volumes of matter if receptively beheld.

It is somewhat similar to color and depth in musical sounds. It arouses imagination and stirs emotion. 

It is the immensity of all things. It is the ideal measurement, and is therefore as great as the ideal, perceptive, or imaginative faculties of the creator, architect, sculptor or painter.

Max Weber

About Max Weber

Max Weber (1881 – 1961) was among the first artists to carry the modernist revolution to the United States. In 1905 he ventured to Paris, where he studied with Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) and witnessed the development of the fauve and cubist styles. Upon returning to America in 1909, he forged a personal vision from these vocabularies as well as elements of the art of Aztec, Mayan, Egyptian, Greek, Oceanic, and northern Pacific cultures. Weber became one of the first American artists to apply these diverse approaches to printmaking, frequently using color at a time when black-and-white prints were ubiquitous in American art.

Born in the western Russian (now Polish) town of Bialystok, a center for textile production, Weber recounted that his earliest memory was of his grandfather mixing colorful fabric dyes, which instilled in him a love of bold color and form. At age ten Weber emigrated to Brooklyn, New York, and seven years later entered Pratt Institute, where Arthur Wesley Dow (1857 – 1922) was his mentor. An influential teacher, Dow (who had studied with Paul Gauguin [1848 – 1903]), championed the use of flat masses of color and a vibrant line as found in Japanese prints. After graduating, Weber taught in schools in Virginia and Minnesota, which financed a three-year stay abroad.

From Max Weber’s Modern Vision – an exhibition


Artwork: Time and Space, oil on canvas, Christina Rahm Galanis 2009.


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