Athletic Contest

Max Weber American, born Russia

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 910

Like Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Weber was among the earliest American artists to respond to the European avant-garde. Weber’s depiction of track-and-field events utilizes the fractured and repeated forms of Cubism and Italian Futurism to evoke heroic masculinity. The composition conveys the great energy that the athletes’ activities generate. Within the commotion the artist left clues to the event: a few runners in numbered jerseys, a pole vaulter in a blue-striped uniform, and colorful flags decorating the outdoor setting.

Athletic Contest, Max Weber (American (born Russia), Bialystok 1881–1961 Great Neck, New York), Oil on canvas

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