Chinese Restaurant (Max Weber) (No, Not That Max Weber)


Say what you want about painter Max Weber, born in Bialystok. But this painting here, one of his best, dates the American Jewish love for Chinese food earlier than one might have thought, back some one hundred years at the dawn of the 20th century. It’s made of common stuff:oil, charcoal, and collaged paper on linen. The black and white floor tile evokes working class neighborhoods in New York. Much more than the French masters of the art, this Cubism look is downtown and lumpenproletariat.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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