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 Max Bohm  (1868 - 1923)

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Lived/Active: New York/Ohio/Massachusetts / France/England      Known for: figure, genre, mural and landscape painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Max Bohm
1868 (Cleveland, Ohio)
1923 (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

New York/Ohio/Massachusetts / France/England

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figure, genre, mural and landscape painting

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Max Bohm died in Provincetown, Massachusetts 1923, where he became one of the early forces in creation of art colony there. 

He took his early art training at the Cleveland School of Art, and by age 16, had collectors purchasing his paintings.  In 1887, he went to Paris with an aunt and enrolled at the Academie Julian School where his teachers included Gustave Boulanger, Benjamin Constant and Jules Lefebvre.  By 1895, he was living in Etaples, France, where he attended an open school of painting, and during the winter months, he gave painting lessons in London.  In 1898, his painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon.

He married Zella Newcomb from Minnesota, who had been his student in Etaples.  Another Etaples student, Mary B. Longyear, was a Christian Scientist, and she converted Max and Zella Bohm to the religion.  Subsequently she commissioned Max Bohm to do paintings for her Brookline, Massachusetts home, which became the Mary Baker Eddy Museum.  One of his works for her home was a three-panel mural, Music in Nature, commissioned in 1913 for her music room and installed in 1916.

In 1904, the Bohms began a pattern of spending winters in London and summers in various locations along the French seacoast.  In 1910, they were briefly in Cleveland where Max installed mural decoration in the county courthouse.  In 1913, he entered his first painting in the National Academy of Design's Annual Exhibition, and from that time until his death, he was a regular exhibitor.

The beginning of World War I brought the to return to America permanently, something they did in 1915.  They built a studio home in Bronxville, New York and spent most summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts with their good friend Charles Hawthorn, whom they had known in Europe, and his circle of painters that formed an art colony.  Max Bohm died in Provincetown in 1923,

Bohm was elected to full membership in the National Academy in 1920, and was also Vice President of the National Mural Painters Society, and life member of the National Arts Club.


Ruth Pasquine, essay, "Max Bohm", Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, Editor, David Dearinger, p. 55

Glenn Opitz, Editor, Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptos and Engravers, p. 83

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