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 Portrait of a Young Artist

Max Weber
 Pratt Institute Graduation
 Brooklyn, New York


After completing Boy’s High in Brooklyn at the age of seventeen, Weber entered the Normal or teacher training course in Manual Training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Weber chose the teaching profession as a respectable career as it did not interfere with the Saturday Sabbath. At Pratt Weber studied with Arthur Wesley Dow, an eminent professor of art who would leave a lasting impact on the young artist’s career. Weber remained an additional year with Dow at Pratt after he graduated with a teaching certificate in 1900.

He then taught manual training and construction drawing at a high school in Lynchburg, Virginia for two years, after which he was offered a position at a college in Duluth, Minnesota. By 1905 Weber had saved enough money to finance an extended stay in Paris, then the epicenter of the art world, and in September he sailed to Europe. In Paris he prepared himself for the art career that would establish him as an artist of note. next...


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