Max Arthur Cohn Biographical Information

1903, England. Emigrated to US 1905.  Naturalized citizen.

1998, New York City

Art Education:
Art Students League, New York: 1925-1927; student of John Sloan
Académie Colarossi, Paris, France: 1927

PWAP, 1934; WPA Easel Project, 1936-1939

One Man Shows: N.Y. Civic Club, 1929; New School for Social Research, 1932; ACA Gallery, 1934; Delphic Studios, 1936; Couturier Galleries, Stamford, CT, 1963; Lucinda Galleries, NJ 1968; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art History Gallery, 1989

Group Shows:
New School for Social Research 1937, 1957; Watercolor Biennial, Brooklyn Museum 1939; Prints for Children, MOMA 1936 (won honorable mention); Art Students League, 1936, 1975; National Serigraph Society, 1941, 1942, 1945;  N.Y. WPA Artists Ass'n shows 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984; 2 serigraphs in “The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock,” The British Museum, 2008, and in catalogue of the same name by Stephen Coppel (2008) pp. 27-28, Fig. 8; 178-179; oil painting “Coal Tower” in “1934: A New Deal for Artists,” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Feb. 27, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010; catalogue of same name by Roger Kennedy and Ann Wagner (2009).

Prints at Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, William Nelson Rockhill Gallery, Kansas City; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Howard University; Albany Museum; Dallas Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Denver Museum; New York Public Library; Boston Public Library; British Museum, London. Oils in Tel Aviv Museum; The Smithsonian American Art Museum (which also owns three watercolors and two prints); Museum of the City of New York (which also owns four watercolors and three lithographs).  Represented in many private collections by variety of media. 

Co-author with J. I. Biegeleisen: Silk Screen Stencilling as a Fine Art, New York, McGraw Hill, 1942, corrected and reprinted as Silk Screen Techniques, New York, Dover Press, 1956.

Art Students League, Life Member
National Serigraph Society, Founding Member
Delaware Valley Artists Association, Founding Member
N.Y. WPA Artists Association, Executive Board Member

Cohn lived and painted in New York City from at least 1925 until his death in 1998 but he and his wife took frequent trips within the U.S. as well as to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. While traveling he produced many water colors of scenes and monuments that he used as reference for larger oil paintings when back in his studio. 

Europe: France, 1927, 1931, 1964; Greece, 1964, 1968; Italy, 1965, 1968; Spain, 1964, 1968; England, 1973; Amsterdam, 1973 

Middle East and N. Africa: Turkey, 1964; Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, 1966; Cyprus, 1968; Israel, 1968; Iran, 1973; Egypt 1979

New England: Monhegan, Maine, 1972; Martha’s Vineyard, 1970, 1980, 1989; Gloucester, MA, 1930, 1973, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1981, 1983; Wellfleet, MA 1948; Provincetown, 1951; Nantucket, 1969; Block Island, 1974-78, 1984

Other U.S.: New Jersey/Hunterdon County (owned a summer house there): Most summers from 1937 to 1962; Sarasota, FL, 1952; New Mexico and Arizona, 1971

Mexico: 1934-35, 1970

Caribbean: Nassau, Bahamas, 1953; Haiti, 1958; Barbados, Guadeloupe, Curacao 1977