Max Kuehne (1880-1968) American Impressionist Landscape Painting
Max Kuehne (1880-1968) was born in Germany. His family immigrated to the United States before 1900s. Kuehne studied under William Merritt Chase, Kenneth Hayes Miller and Robert Henri. To complete his artistic training he traveled To Spain and England. Kuehne was a known “colorist of great distinction” and during his lifetime, his paintings were purchased by the Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Max Kuehne successfully worked both in the fine and decorative arts. During his career Kuehne remained committed to easel painting, as it was as important to him as the wood carving and incised work. His travels to Spain, with its rich history of the decorative arts, the knowledge he gathered through his ardent study of other cultures proved to be the catalyst for his expansion into other areas of artistic production, including frame making.
Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Charles Prendergast were only a few of his contemporaries with whom he was acquainted. The artists such as Charles Sheeler, Maurice Prendergast and Ernest Lawson enlisted his expertise in the making of frames for their own paintings.