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Artist Biography

German-born Max Kuehne immigrated to the United States as a young man, coming with his family to Flushing, New York. When Kuehne decided to pursue a career as a painter, he took classes with William Merritt Chase, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and later Robert Henri. Chase and Miller may have helped to shape Kuehne’s technique, but Henri was certainly responsible for the dark style of Impressionism that he favored in his early career. After a trip to Europe, Kuehne set up a studio in New York in 1911. Far from settled however, he continued to seek inspiration in his travels, and with each trip to Gloucester and Rockport; Cornwall, Granada, and Paris, his style became brighter and more dynamic.

Kuehne’s talent was recognized with awards and exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the National Academy of Design in New York, and he applied his skill to a variety of media—from sculpture to decorative molding. This versatility enabled him to survive the Great Depression and continue his creative work until his death in 1968.

Works by Kuehne can be found in museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.