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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 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...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

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 Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Blue Vase, Framed Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max Title: Blue Vase Year: 1981 Medium: Lithograph on Somerset, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 165 Image Size: 25 x 19 inches Size: 30.5 in. x 24 in. (77.47 cm...
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1980s Pop Art Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

SOMEWHERE IN SPACE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Unique hand painted silkscreen on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. The yellow area is hand painted. Artwork is in excellent condition. All reasonable offers will be consi...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

Nude with Crop
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Nude with Crop Year: circa 1975 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Image Size: 25 x 19 inches Paper S...
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1970s Pop Art Nude Prints

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Screen

Moonscapes II
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max Title: Moonscapes II Year: 1978 Medium: Serigraph on Somerset, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150 Image Size: 19 x 25 inches Size: 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71...
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1970s Pop Art Landscape Prints

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Screen

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H 29 in. W 33.5 in.
Flower Abstract, Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max Title: Flower Abstract Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 165, HC Paper Size: 22 in. x 27 in. (55.88 cm x 68.58 cm) Frame Size: ...
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1980s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Reflections II, Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Reflections II Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 165 Size: 19 in. x 24 in. (48.26 cm x 60.96 cm)
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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)
Category

1990s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Zero, Ceramic Cookie Jar by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fun, vintage collectible by the indomitable Peter Max. The two piece jar is in new condition. Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Zero Year: 1989 Medium: Ceramic ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Blue Lady Planet - Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity - Limited Edition Serigraph - Premium Quality Frame
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1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

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Screen

"The Garden", 1981, Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: The Garden Year: 1983 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 165 Size: 21.5 x 25 inches
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Blue Lady Planet - Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity - Limited Edition Serigraph
Category

1980s Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen

"Marilyn's Flowers II" Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Marilyn's Flowers II Year: 1981 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 165 Image Size: 19 x 23.5 inches
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1980s Pop Art Still-life Prints

Materials

Lithograph

"Colossus II", 1971 Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Colossus II Year: 1971 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 220/300 Size: 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.88 cm)
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen

Flag, Acrylic and Collage by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Flag (Pink) Year: 2009 Medium: Acrylic and Collage on Paper, Signed Size: 11 in. x 8.5 in. (27.94 cm x 21.59 cm) Frame Size: 20 x...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Still-life Paintings

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Acrylic

Flowering Angel, Limited Edition Silkscreen, 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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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen

Garden Flowers, 1979 Limited Edition Lithograph, 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...
Category

1970s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Peter Max Statue of Liberty (Signed, Stamped & Numbered)
By Peter Max
Located in New Orleans, LA
A large, bright, powerful image of the statue of liberty by famous American artist Peter Max. I have included a photo of this same print being offered on Artsy for significantly more...
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2010s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Archival Paper

Space Angels, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Degas & Woman, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Peter Max - LARGE
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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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen

Quiet Lake, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

Six Liberties, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Abstract Paintings

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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 Figurative Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

Day Dreaming, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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 Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Abstract Zero, Ltd Ed Lithograph, 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 Abstract Prints

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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 Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, 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...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

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Lithograph, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Flower Spectrum, Limited Edition Lithograph, Peter Max - LARGE
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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Two Sages, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

The Profile, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Love I, Limited Edition Lithograph (Mini 6" x 5"), 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Nelson Mandela, Pop Art Portrait by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Nelson Mandela 1 Year: 2001 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Signed Size: 18 x 16 inches
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Early 2000s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Nelson Mandela, Pop Art Portrait by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Nelson Mandela Year: 2001 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Signed u.l. Size: 18 x 16 inches
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Early 2000s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Flower Spectrum - Limited edition Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
-- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity -- Numbered and hand signed by Peter Max -- Comes with a premium quality frame
Category

1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

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Archival Paper, Lithograph, Archival Pigment

Cosmic Runner - Limited Edition Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
- Artwork is numbered and signed by the artis Peter Max - Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity - Limited Edition Serigraph
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2010s Other Art Style Prints and Multiples

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Canvas, Oil

Red Flower - Limited edition Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
-- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity -- Numbered and hand signed by Peter Max -- Comes with a premium quality frame
Category

1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

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Archival Paper, Lithograph, Archival Pigment

The Jockey, Hand-Embellished Lithograph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
A unique hand-colored lithograph by Peter Max, signed and dated 1983 lower right. Framed in a fine gold molding with linen matting and gold bevel. Artist: Peter Max, German/Americ...
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1980s Pop Art Portrait Prints

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Color Pencil, Lithograph

"Umbrella Man" Acrylic and Collage by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Peter Max, German/American (1937 - ) Title: Umbrella Man II Year: circa 2000 Medium: Acrylic and Collage on Paper, Signed Size: 11 in. x 8.5 in. (27.94 cm x 21.59 cm) Frame...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

Marilyn's Flowers 1 - Limited Edition Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
-- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity -- Numbered and hand signed by Peter Max -- Comes with a premium quality frame
Category

1970s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

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Archival Paper, Lithograph, Archival Pigment

Dream I: The Blossoming, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

"Untitled (Woman with Umbrella)" Peter Max Watercolor Seaside Painting
By Peter Max
Located in Danvers, MA
A colorful and spirited watercolor by German-American artist, Peter Max. This intimate summertime drawing depicts the back of a female figure dawning a sun hat and holding an umbrell...
Category

1990s Neo-Expressionist Figurative Paintings

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Ink, Watercolor, Color Pencil

Peace on Earth, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Year 2250 II, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

1979 Peter Max 'Cherry Creek Gallery' Multicolor France Lithograph
By Peter Max
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 28.5 x 22.75 inches ( 72.39 x 57.785 cm ) Image Size: 28.5 x 22.75 inches ( 72.39 x 57.785 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Ad...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Mona Lisa II, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Heart Series V Limited Edition Lithograph (Mini 5" x 4") 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Profile Series IV, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Flower Vase, 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...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Flower Vase, 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...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art Abstract 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 Figurative Paintings

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Acrylic

God Bless America, Ltd Ed Lithograph, 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 Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Heart Series I, Limited Edition Lithograph Mini 5" x 4" 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Sailboat with Pyramid, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Abstract Figure I Limited Edition Litho (Mini 5" x 6") 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 Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Profile Series II, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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...
Category

1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Space Landscape, 1978 Limited Edition Silkscreen, 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...
Category

1970s Pop Art Landscape Prints

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Screen

Composition Red & Green, Limited Edition Lithograph, 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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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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Max Peter For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact max peter you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. You can easily find an example made in the Contemporary style, while we also have 8 Contemporary versions to choose from as well. If you’re looking for a max peter from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. On 1stDibs, the right max peter is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes gray, beige, black and red. Artworks like these — often created in lithograph, paint and acrylic paint — can elevate any room of your home. A large max peter can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 2 high and 1 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Max Peter?

The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a max peter in our inventory may begin at $113 and can go as high as $90,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,632.

peter-max Biography and Important Works

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.

Find an explosively vibrant collection of Peter Max paintings, prints and other works on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Pop Art Art

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.