Portrait of a Friend certifies the artist’s option for the Cubism in the manner of Georges Braques, with volumes represented in their natural spatial form not broken into their inner components. The dark, sombre colours that dominates the painting. The painting asserts a certain dynamic, a decorative rhythm of the composition and of the chromatic.


  • Title: Portrait of a Friend
  • Date Created: 1926
  • Physical Dimensions: w73 x h51 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist Biography: Representative of the Romanian Avant-garde, Max Hermann Maxy was a painter, drawer, engravor, scenographer, and held the position of director of the National Museum of Art in Bucharest for more than twenty years. His education at the Fine Arts Academy in Bucharest with Fr. Storck and Camil Ressu and then in Berlin with Arthur Segal was tragically interrupted by the experience of the First World War. The bias for social themes was the result of these experiences. Maxy was open to those trends and ideologies that fit his lucid and cerebral personality: Expressionism, Cubism and Constructivism. Through Arthur Segal, he providentially met Herwarth Walden, the leader of the Berlin Avant-garde and became a member of “November Group”. Impressed by Maxy’s painting Walden accepted to organize his personal exhibition in “Der Sturm” Gallery, the place were many celebrities of the time exhibited their works, Picasso among them. Maxy’s youth creations are under the sign of Constructivism, while after 1929, a new orientation of moderate modernism can be identified.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on cardboard

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