Max Oppenheimer - Biography
1885 Wien - 1954 New York
Max Oppenheimer was born in Vienna as a son of a writer and journalist Ludwig Oppenheimer. At the early age of 15 he studied art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts as one of the guest students of Professor Griepenkerl. In 1903 he continued his studies at the Prague Academy, from where he supplied some pictures for the Vienna art exhibition „Kunstschau“ later on. On his return to Vienna he joined the artistic circle of Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. As of 1912 he was using the pseudonym “MOPP” signing his works. The life path of Max Oppenheimer was marked by numerous relocations between Vienna, Berlin and Switzerland, till he immigrated to the USA and stayed in New York until the end of his life in 1954.
Apart from numerous psychologically charged portraits, he was particularly interested in the depiction of music. As the artist himself grew up taking violin lessons from his early years, he introduces this recurring theme in different techniques and variations.