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Peter Max

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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Peter Max 12-Foot-Wide Serigraph for 1970 de Young Museum Solo Exhibition ‘A’
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
An important, monumental, and exceptionally rare twelve-foot-wide two-piece serigraph created by Peter Max (American, b. Germany, 1937) for his 1970 “The World of Peter Max” first so...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Peter Max Original Acrylic "The Profile" Painting on Paper in Red, Blue & Green
By Peter Max
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed original 20th century acrylic painting on paper entitled, "The Profile" by Peter Max in red, blue, green, yellow, pink and orange. Peter Max is a German-American ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Peter Max

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Wood, Paint, Paper

Peter Max 12-Foot-Wide Serigraph for 1970 de Young Museum Solo Exhibition ‘B’
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Peter Max “The World of Peter Max” Museum Exhibition Serigraph Poster ‘A', 1969
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Peter Max “The World of Peter Max” Museum Exhibition Serigraph Poster ‘B', 1969
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Self Portrait Poster, 1960s
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, framed self portrait poster, by Peter Max, circa 1968. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 35" W x 47" H.   
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Little Red Sailboat Serigraph on Paper
By Peter Max
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Peter Max Little Sailboat with Red Sail 1974. Image area measures: 10" x 12". Signed and stamped, small series, signed 102/150 Bright Colors, no flaws to image.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Contemporary Modern Framed Poster Signed Peter Max Berlin 30 Year Retrospektive
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a dynamic, framed poster, for Peter Max's Berlin retrospektive of his work during the years 1963-1993, signed by the artist with a COA. In excellent conditi...
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1990s Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Psychedelic 1960s Love Ashtray
By Iroquois, Peter Max
Located in Garnerville, NY
Peter Max's psychedelic 1960s Love ashtray by Iroquois China, Syracuse, NY. Wonderful vibrant transfer decorated image. Very little wear or use and in amazing condition; no chips, cr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Porcelain

Pair of Etchings by Peter Max V3 X and XI
By Peter Max
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic pair of rare framed etchings by Peter Max (American b. 1937) V3 X and XI. In the manner of Picasso each color pencil signed lower center and titled lower left 63 of 99. Mou...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Peter Max

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Paper, Linen, Plexiglass, Giltwood

Peter Max Original Token Drawing, for Ginny with Love, 1990
By Peter Max
Located in Atlanta, GA
Peter Max original token drawing, for Ginny with Love, 1990 Line drawing portrait and landscape on a cloth napkin, Signed upper left 'For Ginny with Love, Peter' Signed on upper ri...
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Late 20th Century North American Modern Peter Max

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Fabric, Wood

Peter Max "Lady on Red with Floating Vase" 'Signed and Numbered'
By Peter Max
Located in New York, NY
"Lady on Red with Floating Vase" by Peter Max, signed and numbered edition of 300, published by Hanson Art Galleries, CA and printed by Karl & Gail, NY, 1988.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Glass, Wood, Paint, Paper

Peter Max Acrylic, Zero in Green
By Peter Max
Located in Boonton, NJ
This is the quintessential Peter Max Acrylic Zero in Green. Pure in execution and bold in presentation. Presented in a gold leaf frame with classic linen spacer it is a museum qualit...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Acrylic

Peter Max Pop Art Wristwatch
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool Petet Max wristwatch with leather band, circa 1988. Pop Art dial face with white acrylic bezel and a size "18" blue faux ostrich skin leather band. Hard to find and super...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Peter Max

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Pencil Signed Lithograph "If" 111/280
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a whimsical, framed lithograph in blue, titled "If", signed and numbered by Peter Max, 111/280. Piece is in excellent condition, but frame may need new back...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Pencil Signed Lithograph Cosmic Song Blue
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous, framed lithograph, titled "Cosmic Song," pencil signed by Peter Max. Piece is in excellent condition, but frame may need new backing. The dimens...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Pencil Signed Original Artist Proof "Palm Beach Lady, 1981
By Peter Max
Located in Hudson, NY
Offered is a rare Peter Max pencil signed original artist proof of "Palm beach Lady” dated 1981. This mixed media work on a lithographic print base was hand embellished/worked by the...
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Late 20th Century Peter Max

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Other

Peter Max Two Sages in The Sun Lithograph
By Peter Max
Located in Geneva, IL
2003 Peter Max Two Sages in The Sun Lithograph signed, matted, and framed, 294/300.
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Early 2000s American Peter Max

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Paper, Wood

Peter Max Large Toulouse Lautrec in Yellow Artist Proof Signed and Framed Print
By Peter Max
Located in Toledo, OH
Large framed Peter Max print signed in graphite lower right marked artist proof, lower left. Depiction of artists iconic image of Toulouse Lautrec. Background in pale yellow with mau...
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Mixed-Media Enamel on Lithograph, 1996
By Peter Max
Located in Dallas, TX
Peter Max (American, b.1937) “gent on sofa” 1996 Overpaint signed “Max” (lower right). A unique variation. Peter Max studio stamp on verso. Excellent condition Measures: Art...
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1990s American Aesthetic Movement Peter Max

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Paper

Signed Vintage Peter Max "The Grammy Poster," 1991
By Peter Max
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Signed vintage Peter Max "The Grammy Poster" in a glossy red wooden frame Inside measurements 18 x 24 inches.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Peter Max

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Lithograph Signed 11/300 "Looking Left"
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a marvelous, framed lithograph, of a pink figure against a green background; signed, stamped and numbered by Peter Max, 11/300. In excellent condition. The ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

1960s Peter Max Psychedelic Pop Art Glass Bowl
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Great pop-art Peter Max glass bowl. In excellent shape with no condition issues. Measures 7" across by 1 1/2" tall.
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Mid-20th Century Peter Max

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Glass

Original Acrylic Painting by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Water Mill, NY
Original acrylic on paper H32"x W28" Framed.. Given by Peter Max to a friend
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1980s American Vintage Peter Max

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Acrylic

Late 1960s Bird of Peace Dove Ashtray by Peter Max Psychedelic Pop Art Graphic
By Iroquois, Peter Max
Located in Washington, DC
Late 1960s bird of peace dove ashtray by Peter Max psychedelic Pop Art graphic. More Sought after larger 10 inch size.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Ceramic

Large Toulouse Lautrec by Peter Max in Peach Pink, Signed and Framed
By Peter Max
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is the largest of the Toulouse Lautrec portraits by famed artist Peter Max in peach pink. Professionally framed, signed and numbered.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Large Original Peter Max Liberty
By Peter Max
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is the largest of the Peter Max Liberty series. This professionally framed piece is from a large private collection in Beverly Hills California. Signed in colored pencil, number...
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1990s American Modern Peter Max

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Paper

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Mid-Century Modern Framed Litho Winter Sunshine Peter Max Signed Numbered 1970s
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an incredible, framed print by Peter Max, signed, dated 1970 and numbered 18/310. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 28.5" W x 26.5" H ...
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Mid-Century Modern Framed Litho by Peter Max Talking to Karen Signed Numbered
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a marvelous, framed print by Peter Max, signed and numbered 117/165. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 34" W x 28.5" H and the dimensi...
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Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Signed Lithograph Winters Dream 87/300
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a framed, original numbered lithograph by Peter Max, signed, entitled "Winters Dream," 87/300. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 18" W...
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Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Signed Lithograph Female Study Artist Proof
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, framed female study artist proof lithograph, signed by Peter Max. In excellent condition. The dimensions of the frame are 35" W x 29" H and t...
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Contemporary Modern Framed Peter Max Lithograph Signed 72/165 Clown, 1981
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
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Vintage Peter Max Ice Bucket, 1960s
By Peter Max
Located in Neervelp, BE
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Peter Max Serigraph in Color on Wove Paper "Liberty Head 2002 ver VIII"
By Peter Max
Located in Palm Springs, CA
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Peter Max "Statue of Liberty", 2001
By Peter Max
Located in Palm Springs, CA
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Located in Palm Springs, CA
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