Max Kuehne (1880–1968)
Max Kuehne was born in Germany and, along with his family, immigrated to the United States before the turn of the century. Kuehne trained as an artist under American masters Kenneth Hayes Miller and William Merritt Chase from 1907 to 1909; he later became a pupil of Ashcan School leader Robert Henri, who inspired him to capture the streets of urban New York in his compositions. Following his studies, Kuehne traveled to a number of locales that served as inspiration for his colorful works including Gloucester and Provincetown, Mass., as well as Rockport, Maine and later, England and Spain. His work was noted as exhibiting those qualities that marked their creator as a “colorist of great distinction” and he was counted among “the half a dozen or so most important landscape men in America” by 1919. During his lifetime, his paintings were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Barnes Foundation, Library of Congress, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Today, his works may be viewed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.