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Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Peter Max (Germany, United States, b. 1937)

Born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin in 1937, psychedelic Pop art icon Peter Max spent the first part of his childhood in Shanghai after his parents emigrated from Germany to flee the Nazis. While there, Max developed not only his passion for creating art, but also his deep interest in American pop culture — namely comic books, jazz and cinema. Max’s paintings, graphic design and illustrations, which were inspired by these interests, were also informed by his experience with synesthesia, a sensory condition that causes him to see music and hear color.

After relocating to Haifa, Israel, then Paris, where he spent a significant amount of time in sketching classes at the Louvre, a teenage Max and his family finally moved to the United States, settling in Brooklyn. Max enrolled in the Art Students League of New York in 1956, training under Frank J. Reilly, and then the School of Visual Arts. Throughout art school, Max focused on photorealism, but he found the style too restrictive. When he graduated and opened his graphic design studio with friends in 1962, he began experimenting with abstraction and color — just in time for the psychedelic era.

The technicolor works for which Max would become known are characterized by big and bold graphic qualities — not dissimilar to what you’d find in his beloved comic books. Some deeper themes emerged across his work too: Max spent a good portion of the 1960s and 1970s creating his signature cosmic style, inspired by his fascination with astronomy and Eastern philosophies.

For Max and his partners, the graphic design business was highly successful, with commissions rolling in from advertising agencies, magazines and even Hollywood in the form of movie posters. The artist was featured on the cover of Life in 1969, and by the 1970s, he was practically a household name. Max's body of work extended into product design, including a line of clocks for General Electric, while his domination of the commercial art scene continued for decades. He was commissioned to paint a postage stamp honoring the World’s Fair of 1974 (Expo ‘74); a Statue of Liberty series in which some proceeds went on to fund the statue’s restoration; posters and other advertising materials for major events like the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open and the Grammys; a Dale Earnhardt race car; and even the hull of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship.

Commercial activities aside, Max has long been the subject of many museum exhibitions, from his first solo show in 1970, “The World of Peter Max,” at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco to 2016's “Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming” at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. Today, his work belongs to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other institutions.

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Umbrella Man
By Peter Max
Located in Missouri, MO
Peter Max "Umbrella Man" Oil on Canvas Signed Upper Right "MAX" w/Copyright Stamp Verso: "(c) Peter Max 2018" Canvas Size: approx. 14 x 5 inches Framed Size: approx. 21 x 16 inches
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2010s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

FLAG WITH HEART ON BLENDS
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 8.5 x 11 in. Custom framed as pictured....
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

PEACE ON EARTH II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 in. Custom framed as pictured. ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

GOD BLESS AMERICA - WITH FIVE LIBERTIES
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 in. Custom framed as pictured. ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

UNITED WE STAND
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 in. Custom framed as pictured. ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

PEACE ON EARTH
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Custom framed as pictured. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 inc...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

Grammy, Pop Art painting by Peter Max 1991
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max Title: Grammy Year: 1991 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed upper right, with Max studio verso Size: 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.92 cm) Frame: 63 x 51 inches Max wa...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Liberty Head
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Liberty Head Year: 2005 Medium: Mixed Media on archival paper Size: 30 x 24 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed by the artist. Notes: Publ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

Neo Pop Series: Neo R2F83, Orig Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media, Watercolor, Lithograph

Better World, Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

Lady Profile, Original Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Lithograph, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Liberty Head, Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Lithograph, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Better World, Original Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media

Mona Lisa, Original Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media

Two Sages, Original Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media

Better World, Original Mixed Media Painting, Peter Max - SIGNED
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Liberty Head, Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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2010s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Love, Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Two Hearts As One
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Two Hearts As One Year: 2008 Medium: Lithograph and acrylic on Arches paper Size: 24 x 36 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed by the artis...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Lithograph

Better World
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Better World Year: 2007 Medium: Lithograph and acrylic on Arches paper Size: 36 x 24 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed by the artist. No...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Lithograph

Andy Warhol with Moustache
By Peter Max
Located in Missouri, MO
This monumental, 72 x 60 inch acrylic on canvas was painted by Peter Max in 1988. Andy Warhol - his characteristic shock of white hair caps this imposing portrait, yet the larger-t...
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1980s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

FLOWER VASE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and dated on front by the artist. Stretched. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable off...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

ASCENDING ANGEL II VER. II # 1
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Canvas size 48 x 36 inches. Custom framed with hand painted fillet. Frame size approx 57 x...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Neo Head, Large Peter Max painting 1994
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max Title: Neo Head Year: 1994 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed l.r. Size: 72 x 60 inches (frame larger)
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

UMBRELLA MAN WITH PROFILE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

COSMIC UMBRELLA MAN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

ANGEL WITH HEART
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Watercolor, Paper, Mixed Media

PROFILE WITH YELLOW FLOWERS
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

FLOWER VASE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

UMBRELLA MAN (SUNSET)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

UMBRELLA MAN (2 SUNS)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

LOVE
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: LOVE Year: 2008 Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 6 x 15 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed by the artist. PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max ha...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Lady and Sailboat, Version II #1
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Lady and Sailboat version II #1 Year: circa 1995 Medium: Ink and Watercolor, signed u.l. Size: 15 in. x 18 in. (38.1 cm x 45.72 c...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Ink, Watercolor

COSMIC PROFILE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

LIBERTY HEAD
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and dated on front. Dedicated on verso. Canvas size 10 x 8 inches. Custom framed in white with hand painted fillet. Artwork is in excelle...
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1980s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Timeline Dega Man
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Timeline Dega Man Year: 1991 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed upper right Size: 24 x 30 in. (60.96 x 76.2 cm) Frame Size: 32 x 38...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

PROFILE (RAINBOW)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and dated top right by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Canvas is stretched. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authentic...
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1980s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

TWO SAGES, ONE WITH CANE VER. II #3
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. Al...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

ANDY WITH MUSTACHE VER. VIII #6
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

PALM BEACH LADY VER. II #7
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

STATUE OF LIBERTY
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Peter Max Studio stamp on verso. Custom framed with hand painted fillet. Canvas size 26 x 13 in. Frame size appro...
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2010s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Peter Max Original Painting Signed Rare Framed Vibrant Red Pink Woman Interior
By Peter Max
Located in Buffalo, NY
This is a one of a kind large unique painting by Peter Max which depicts a woman posed by a couch. This is a fully finished composition where every inch of the canvas was addressed ...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

Cosmic Flyer
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Cosmic Flyer Year: 1976 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed u.r. and verso Size: 36 x 48 in. (91.44 x 121.92 cm) Frame Size: 45 x 56...
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1970s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Woman Seated
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Woman Seated Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph with extensive Hand-painting, signed and dated in paint, dedicated to Carolyn Size: 25 ...
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1980s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Lithograph

FLOWER BLOSSOM LADY
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Peter Max Studio stamp on verso. Custom framed with hand painted fillet. Canvas size 36 x 48 in. Frame size appro...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

MONA LISA VER. II #23
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original acrylic and silkscreen painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Canvas size 13.5 x 16.5 in. Framed size approx 23 x 26 in. Artwork ...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Screen

ZERO IN SPECTRUM II (GREEN) VER. I #5
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. Al...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

FLAG (OVERPAINT)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Peter Max studio stamp on verso. Sheet size 11 x 8.5 in....
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

LAND OF THE FREE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 in. Custom framed as pictured. ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

FLAG (OVERPAINT)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Peter Max studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

NEO
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and dated on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Canvas is stretched. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authentici...
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1970s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

PROFILE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Canvas is stretched. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity include...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

MONDRIAN LADIES
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable off...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

BLUE THINKER
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable off...
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1990s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

NUDE FAN DANCER VER. III #6
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

DESCENDING ANGEL VER. II #1
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

ASIA VER. III #6
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

SAILBOAT SERIES XIII VER. I #1
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed on front by the artist. Studio stamp on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Peter Max Studio Certificate of Authenticity included. A...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Peter Max Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic