Max Weyl

Max Weyl was a prominent Washington, D.C. artist of the late 19th century known especially for his landscapes of Rock Creek Park and the Potomac River.

He was born on December 1, 1837, in Muhlen-am-Neckar, a little town in the Baden-Wurtemberg region of southern Germany. His parents' names were Veit Hirsch Weyl and Emma Miriam Goetz. In 1853 his associates emigrated to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where Weyl worked in watch and clock repair, a trade he had university through an forward apprenticeship. In 1857, he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a jeweler similar to a retail store on 7th Street NW in a building that still stands and currently is used as a Ruby Tuesday restaurant across from the Verizon Center. Weyl married Miriam Raff and had several children including Mathilda, Henry and Adolph. Weyl began to paint as a leisure interest and displayed some of his works in his shop window. Weyl afterward was responsive in the then-small Washington Jewish community.

In the 1870s, local businessman, Samuel H. Kauffman, publisher of the Evening Star newspaper, took noontime walks upon 7th Street and observed Weyl's paintings upon display in the shop window. Kauffman purchased some of Weyl's works and became his patron, financing a trip for Weyl to study art professionally in Europe.

In 1878, under Kauffman's patronage, Weyl undertook a year of psychoanalysis abroad, visiting studios and galleries in Munich, Paris, Vienna and Venice. After his reward to Washington, he and a work of fellow artists formed the "Washington Landscape School", resulting in paintings "plein air" paintings of Washington pastoral scene.

Weyl came to be called the "American Daubigny" and his works became unconditionally popular in the course of Washington art collectors. His achievement became allocation of collections including the White House where purchases were made by Mrs. Grover Cleveland and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Georgetown University, the Virginia Military Institute, Kiplinger Washington Editors, the Cosmos Club and many others.

On Weyl's 70th birthday in 1907, the Corcoran Gallery of Art held a retrospective exhibit of his work. A society of local citizens purchased and donated a ham it up by him to the National Gallery of Art. In admission and compliment they stated: "From the standpoint of art you have contributed works of genius that will stand for everything time: while your bearing as a man, citizen and friend has been of that modest and nevertheless far-reaching setting that wins the love and retains the glorification of those once whom you have come in contact."

Weyl died in 1914. His great-grandson, Christopher Wolf, has a large growth of Weyl's works and continues to rouse in Washington, DC as a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His grandson, the late Max Weyl II, was along with a saver as well as his great-granddaughter, the late Nancy Weyl Seamon, great-grandson, Kevin Weyl and great-great-granddaughter Maraina Leigh Weyl.

Among Weyl's pupils was the painter Florence Wolf Gotthold.

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