Max Kalish (1891-1945) was an American sculptor born in Belarus. His family emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1893. After studying art in Cleveland, New York and Paris, Kalish developed a reputation for his sculptures of the common working man created in the social realism style. Art critic Emily Genauer wrote in 1938 of the social realism style, “ It is the workmen who dominate the American scene, and who have become as surely symbolic of their time as the pioneers in covered wagons, and the robber barons and the great merchant princes were in there respective eras.” This is the moral strength, character, integrity and resolve Kalish sought to capture in his art. Today his prized works are exhibited in numerous museum collections, including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
Yellow Garage dealer SS Americana is proud to highlight an exceptional Max Kalish bronze sculpture titled “School Boy” cast by Gorham Foundry in the 1930’s. The figure stands 14” tall on a 3 1\2” square pedestal. It exhibits the high quality casting that is traditionally associated with Gorham. The pictures presented for your viewing provide visual details of an extraordinary sculpture reflecting Kalish’s desire to “…create from the living present.”. This Max Kalish sculpture is a beautiful representation of the unique style and artistry of one of the premier sculptors of the 20th Century.
Max Kalish Bronze Sculpture “School Boy” Cast by Gorham Foundry