Max Band

(1900 - 1974)

Max Band

Biography

painter, sculptor, writer. He was born in 1900 in Naumestin in Lithuania and started his education in Jewish Gymnasium in Marijampole. In 1920 he began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin at the class of Willy Jaeckel. He experienced modernisme in Berlin. In 1922 he relocated to Paris. In terms of his aesthetic orientation, the introvert youth was the closest to Litvaks who grouped around the la Ruchemilieu in Montmartre. He discovered the works of such artists as Chaim Soutine, Pinchus Kremegne, Moise Kisling, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani. He created dynamic, expression portrait and figural compositions. In his canvases, the main focus is not on the type, but on the spiritual condition of human beings. The expressive psychological aspect obviously dominates this conception of portraits. His latest works are connect with jewish topics.

In 1926 and 1933-34 he was in New York where he had exhibitions of his painting in Seligman Gallery. In 1954 he moved to America pernamently. He worked at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. In 1974 he died in Hollywood.