MAX OPPENHEIMER (Austrian/American / 1885-1954)

The painter and printmaker Max Oppenheimer (Mopp) was born in Vienna in 1885. From 1900-1903 he studied at the Vienna Academy, and from 1903-1906 at the Prague Academy. He was one of the 16 founders of the Neukunstgruppe. Oppenheimer was influenced by Gustav Klimt, and especially by Oskar Kokoschka. In 1910 he shared a studio with Egon Schiele. From 1911 he began using the pseudonym Mopp. In 1912 he moved to Berlin. Medically unfit for military service, Max Oppenheimer spent the years of WWI in Switzerland. Over the years Oppenheimer's art absorbed the aesthetics of Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Dada, and Cubism, while remaining always rooted in his own personality. Music and musicians were a constant source of inspiration, as in his etching Quartett. With the rise of the Nazis, the position of Oppenheimer, who was a Jew, a homosexual, and a modernist artist, became perilous. His works were removed from German museums in 1937. The following year he emigrated to the USA, via Switzerland. Max Oppenheimer lived for the rest of his life in New York, where he died in 1954.

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Selected prints by MAX OPPENHEIMER

Quartett, 1932

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