Max Oppenheimer

1885-1954

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Status, price and estimate by artist Max Oppenheimer

Price of a painting: 15,000 – 160,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 900 – 45,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 80 – 7,500 €.

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The Max Oppenheimer route

Max Oppenheimer was an Austrian painter. Also known as “ Mopp ”, he was born in July 1885 in the city of Vienna in Austria into a literate family. His father Ludwig Oppenheimer was a journalist and his brother the writer Friedrich Heydenau. He began his artistic studies in 1900, at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts until 1903. He then joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague for three years. He left the academy in 1906 and joined the Prague artists’ group OSMA, one of the first Czech avant-garde associations.

A globe-trotting artist with multiple inspirations

The following year, in 1907, he returned to Vienna to take part in the Kunstschau in 1908 and again in 1909. At the beginning of his career, Oppenheimer was mainly influenced by Van Gogh. After his return, however, he decided to join the group of Viennese expressionists who drew their inspiration from Albert Paris Gutersloh, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. Sometime later, from 1911 to 1915, he went to work in Berlin, Germany. This period allowed him to enrich his representations by incorporating elements of the cubist style into his works. He also wrote for the artistic and political magazine Die Aktion. After Germany, Oppenheimer moved to Switzerland for ten years, from 1915 to 1925, this time taking an interest in music, as demonstrated by his works Bildnisse von Musikern (  Portrait and peinture  ) and Musik und Malerei (  Musique and peinture  ). Always eager to travel, he stayed in Berlin again, returning to Vienna in 1931 and emigrating to the United States before the Second World War in 1938.

Die Symphonie: when music influences painting

Oppenheimer specialised in portraiture. He painted portraits of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, Tilia Durieux, Arnold Schönberg and Karl Marx, among others. He also made religious compositions, such as his Kreuzabnahme (his “ Descente de croix ”) and subjects closer to contemporary life such as sport and medicine. The graphic style that characterises his work refers directly to the cycle of ideas of the most important German writer of the 18th century, Heinrich Heine. One of his most important paintings is Die Symphonie (The Symphony) which he completed in 1923 and which was a great success. This work, of which there are actually two versions, was influenced by the fourth movement of the symphony written by Gustav Mahler, in particular the passage played as a soloist, taken from the work Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boys’s Magic Horn) Oppenheimer also published an autobiography in 1938 Menschen finden ihren Maler (People find their painter). He died on 19 May 1954 in New York.

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