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UMBRELLA MAN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 300. From Images of an Era Suite. Published by Hanson Art Galleries., San Francisco, CA and printe...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

SAGE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 300. From Images of an Era Suite. Published by Hanson Art Galleries., San Francisco, CA and printe...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

SAGE
SAGE
H 36 in W 26 in
BALBOA PARK
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Lithograph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Published by Tsumura Art Association., Tokyo, Japan and printed by Joseph Kleineman, NY. Edition of 150. Ar...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Lithograph

God Bless America II unique painting (hand signed twice) with Statue of Liberty
By Peter Max
Located in New York, NY
PETER MAX God Bless America II, 2001 Acrylic on paper. Hand signed, bears artist unique catalogue/inventory number verso 28 × 21 inches Hand-signed by artist, Hand signed twice: once...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Permanent Marker

UMBRELLA MAN (RAINBOW)
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media drawing with watercolor on paper. Hand signed by Peter Max. Frame size approx 18 x 20 inches. Artwork size 12 x 13.75 inches. Artwork is in excellent conditi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Mixed Media

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Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

UMBRELLA MAN (RAINBOW)
H 18 in W 20 in D 1 in
TOULOUSE LAUTREC
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. From the edition of 125 (there are also Artist Proofs). Sheet size 48 x 36 inches. Sheet size approx 41.5 x 3...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

THE ANGELS SUITE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Complete suite of 6 hand signed and numbered etchings. Includes hand signed binder. Numbered AP 24 (aside from the main edition of 100). Sheet size is 15 x 19 inches each. Image ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching, Paper

JIMI HENDRIX
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Silkscreen in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. From the edition of 45. Frame size approx 29 x 35 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition. Purple ink mark...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

JIMI HENDRIX
JIMI HENDRIX
H 22 in W 28.25 in
UMBRELLA MAN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media drawing with watercolor on paper. Hand signed by Peter Max. Frame size approx 17 x 21 inches. Artwork size 11 x 15 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition....
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Mixed Media

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Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

UMBRELLA MAN
H 17 in W 21 in D 1 in
SAILBOAT SUNRISE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media drawing with watercolor on paper. Hand signed by Peter Max. Frame size approx 20 x 18 inches. Artwork size 13.75 x 12 inches. Artwork is in excellent conditi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

SAILBOAT SUNRISE
H 20 in W 18 in D 1 in
United We Stand: Four Statues of Liberty with Blue Unique Signed Painting Framed
By Peter Max
Located in New York, NY
Peter Max United We Stand: Four Statues of Liberty with Blue Statue of Liberty, 2001 Acrylic and Mixed Media painting with collage on thin board Boldly signed in acrylic paint by Pet...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

PHOENIX BIRD Lithograph Portrait Woman, Exotic Bird, Classic Mythology, Pop Art
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
PHOENIX BIRD is a rarely seen fine art lithograph portrait print by the renowned American Pop artist, Peter Max. PHOENIX BIRD was printed using color offset lithography techniques on...
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1980s Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

LONDON ARTS GALLERY POSTER
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Original poster. Unsigned. Poster is in excellent condition. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Offset, Paper

MOONSCAPE II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. From the edition of 150. Frame size approx 28 x 34 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate o...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

FLOWER ABSTRACT
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Lithograph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. From the edition of 165. Frame size approx 28 x 33 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph, Paper

FLOWER ABSTRACT
FLOWER ABSTRACT
H 21.5 in W 26.75 in
Protect our Home, Version I, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Protect our Home, Version I Year: 2002 Edition: 451/500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Lustro Saxony paper Size: 5 x 6.25 inches Condition: Excell...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

MARILYN'S FLOWERS II, Signed Lithograph, Abstract Floral, Orange, Pink, Brown
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
Marilyn's Flowers II is an original hand drawn lithograph by Peter Max printed in an edition of 165, using traditional hand lithography techniques on archival paper, 100% acid free. ...
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1980s Pop Art Interior Prints

Materials

Lithograph

LADY WITH FEATHERS Signed Lithograph, Woman's Face Profile, Exotic Feather Hat
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
LADY WITH FEATHERS is an original hand drawn lithograph by the renowned American Pop artist, Peter Max, printed in 1980 in an edition of 165, using traditional hand lithography techn...
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1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

LADY ON COUCH
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artist Proof (AP) edition of 45. Sheet size 23 x 27.5 inches. Image size 18 x 22.5 inches. Custom framed as ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

LADY ON COUCH
LADY ON COUCH
H 32 in W 36.5 in
PEACE ON EARTH
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Custom framed as pictured. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 inc...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

Aztec Man /// Peter Max Portrait Pop Art Colorful Fantasy Lithograph Modern Art
By Peter Max
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Peter Max (German-American, 1937-) Title: "Aztec Man" *Signed by Max in pencil lower right Year: 1973 Medium: Original Lithograph on Arches paper Limited edition: 205/300 Pri...
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1970s Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

SAILBOATS Signed Lithograph, Abstract Seascape, Asian Boats Aqua Red Brown Green
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
SAILBOATS is an original hand drawn lithograph by the renowned American Pop artist, Peter Max, printed in 1980 in an edition of 165, using traditional hand lithography techniques on ...
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1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

THE GARDEN Signed Lithograph, Pop Art Landscape, Seated Man, Crayon Colors
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
THE GARDEN is an original hand drawn lithograph by the renowned American Pop artist, Peter Max, printed in 1980 using traditional hand lithography techniques on archival Somerset pap...
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1980s Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The Lovers
By Peter Max
Located in Berlin, MD
Peter Max (German / American 1937 - Present) The Lovers. Abstract of two nude women on a bed in vibrant colors. The print is on thick woven paper and is in very good condition wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Nude Prints

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Lithograph

The Lovers
The Lovers
H 25 in W 32 in D 2 in
MONK AND VASE Signed Lithograph, Pop Art Interior, Striped Robe, Floor Vase
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
MONK AND VASE is an original hand drawn lithograph by the renowned American Pop artist, Peter Max, printed in 1980 in an edition of 165, using traditional hand lithography techniques...
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1980s Pop Art Interior Prints

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Lithograph

Donald Duck (The Complete Set of 4 Hand-Signed Color Lithographs) by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Montreal, Quebec
-- Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity for the suite -- Signed and numbered by Peter Max --Limited Edition Lithograph, Edition 114/500
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1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Archival Paper, Lithograph

Instant Nutriment #4, 1969 - Modern Pop Art Psychedelic Print
By Peter Max
Located in Soquel, CA
Instant Nutriment #4, 1969 - Modern Pop Art Psychedelic Print A vintage psychedelic print, Instant Nutriment #4, 1969 by Peter Max (German, b. 1937). Unframed. Shipped Rolled in tu...
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1960s Pop Art Abstract Prints

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Paper, Ink, Lithograph

Ben Turpin Cameo - Vintage Pop-Art 1960's Psychedelic Figurative Print
By Peter Max
Located in Soquel, CA
Ben Turpin Cameo - Vintage Pop-Art 1960's Psychedelic Figurative Print Bold and bright vintage psychedelic 1960's poster of Ben Turpin Cameo #3 by Peter Max (German, b. 1937). Imag...
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1960s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph, Paper, Ink

LAND OF THE FREE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Mixed media with acrylic painting and color lithography on paper. Hand-signed in acrylic by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork sheet size 24 x 18 in. Custom framed as pictured. ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Mixed Media

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic, Lithograph

COMPOSITION RED AND GREEN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. PP edition. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph, Paper

ENTERING A NEW STATE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Edition of 100. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen, Paper

SUMMER SEASON II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Published by AMX Art Ltd., NY and printed by IZMO Productions, NY.. Artwork is in excellent condition. Edition of 175. All reasonable offer...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

RED VASE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by AMX Art Ltd., NY and printed by A Nussbaum, NY. HC edit...
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1980s Pop Art Interior Prints

Materials

Paper, Lithograph

MOON FLOWERS I
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. The artwork is in overall excellent condition. Due to its age, there is some normal signs of aging on the white margins. There is some blue pr...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

COLLOSSUS II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. AP edition. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Screen, Paper

HORIZON ENIGMA
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by London Arts Inc., Detroit, MI and printed by Peter Baum,...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

HIS OWN ECLIPSE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered. Blind stamped in lower left corner. Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by AMX Art Ltd., NY and printed by ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

A LONG TIME AGO
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by AMX Art Ltd., NY and printed by Joseph Kleineman, NY. A...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Screen, Paper

VASE IN ROOM II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and inscribed "Study" by the artist. Hand embellished by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included....
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph, Paper

IN HIS GARDEN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and inscribed "Study" by the artist. Hand embellished by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included....
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph, Paper

IN HIS GARDEN
H 21.5 in W 26.25 in D 1 in
LADY ON COUCH WITH VASE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. Published by AMX Art Ltd., NY and printed by IZMO Productions, NY. E...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

FROM ANOTHER PLANET
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and inscribed "Study" by the artist. Hand embellished by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included....
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph, Paper

LADY OF FASHION II
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and inscribed "Study" by the artist. Hand embellished by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included....
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Lithograph

THE GARDEN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated and inscribed "Study" by the artist. Hand embellished by the artist. A unique variation. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included....
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph, Paper

FRENCH ZERO'S GIRLFRIEND Signed Lithograph Woman in Green Hat Turquoise Red Pink
By Peter Max
Located in Union City, NJ
FRENCH ZERO'S GIRLFRIEND is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph by the pop culture icon, Peter Max, printed in an edition of 150, using traditional hand lithography tec...
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1990s Pop Art Portrait Prints

Materials

Lithograph

QUIET LAKE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Lithograph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 350. Image size 9.75 x 12.25 inches. Frame size approx 26 x 28 inches. Artwork is in excellent c...
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2010s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Lithograph

QUIET LAKE
QUIET LAKE
H 26 in W 28 in D 1 in
ZERO
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 300. From Images of an Era Suite. Published by Hanson Art Galleries., San Francisco, CA and printe...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

ZERO
ZERO
H 36 in W 26 in
DEGA & WOMAN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 300. From Images of an Era Suite. Published by Hanson Art Galleries., San Francisco, CA and printe...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

LADY ON RED WITH FLOATING VASE
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Published by Hanson Art Galleries., San Francisco, CA and printed by Karl & Gail., NY. Edition of 300. Art...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

CLOSER TO GOD
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed, dated and numbered by Peter Max. Published by London Arts Inc., Detroit, MI and printed by Peter Baum, NY. Edition of 100. Artwork is ...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

REMEMBERING THE FLIGHT
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed, dated and numbered by Peter Max. Published by London Arts Inc., Detroit, MI and printed by Peter Baum, NY. Edition of 300. Frame size ...
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1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

REMEMBERING THE FLIGHT
REMEMBERING THE FLIGHT
H 22.5 in W 24.5 in D 1 in
THREE FACES
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Screen print in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered 'HC 27' by Peter Max. Frame size approx 31 x 40 inches. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity i...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Screen

TIME LINE DEGA MAN
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 150. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offe...
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Paper, Screen

FLOWER SPECTRUM
By Peter Max
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph in colors on paper. Hand signed and numbered by Peter Max. Edition of 150. Artwork is in excellent condition. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Paper, Screen

Spring, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Spring Year: 1982 Medium: Unique, mixed media with lithography and hand coloring on Arches paper Size: 6.25 x 5.25 inches Condition: Excellent Inscrip...
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1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Mixed Media, Lithograph

Composition Red & Green, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Composition Red & Green Year: 1980 Edition: H.C. 12; aside from the edition of 165 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 22 x 26 inches Condition: ...
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1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The Profile, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: The Profile Year: 2003 Edition: 500/500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 11.5 x 9.75 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Sig...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Galactic Man, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Galactic Man Year: 1982 Medium: Unique, mixed media with lithography and hand coloring on Arches paper Size: 6.75 x 6.25 inches Condition: Excellent I...
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1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints

Materials

Mixed Media, Lithograph

Liberty Head X, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Liberty Head X Year: 2004 Edition: 679/700, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Lustro Saxony paper Size: 7 x 6.87 inches Condition: Excellent Inscripti...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Blue Angel With Heart, Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Blue Angel With Heart Year: 2003 Edition: 500/500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on archival paper Size: 11.31 x 7.88 inches Condition: Excellent Ins...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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You are likely to find exactly the peter max on sale you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Pop Art examples as well as a Contemporary version. Making the right choice when shopping for a peter max on sale may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century. Adding a peter max on sale to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — find a piece on 1stDibs that incorporates elements of beige, gray, black, orange and more. Artworks like these — often created in paper, lithograph and paint — can elevate any room of your home. A large peter max on sale can prove too dominant for some spaces — a smaller peter max on sale, measuring 2 high and 2.62 wide, may better suit your needs.

How Much is a Peter Max On Sale?

The price for a peter max on sale in our collection starts at $113 and tops out at $28,000 with the average selling for $2,120.

Peter Max for sale on 1stDibs

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 his deep interest in American pop culture — namely comic books, jazz and cinema. Max’s paintings, graphic design, prints 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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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, its practitioners drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create original Pop art paintings, prints and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

ORIGINS OF POP ART

CHARACTERISTICS OF POP ART 

  • Bold imagery
  • Bright, vivid colors
  • Straightforward concepts
  • Engagement with popular culture 
  • Incorporation of everyday objects from advertisements, cartoons, comic books and other popular mass media

POP ARTISTS TO KNOW

ORIGINAL POP ART ON 1STDIBS

The Pop art movement started in the United Kingdom 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 American Pop artist Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known American artists associated with Pop art 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 Pop artist that was active in the United States. 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 the collection of original Pop art paintings, prints, photography and other works for sale on 1stDibs.

Questions About Peter Max
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    How much a Peter Max painting is worth will be determined by its condition, the presence of a signature, size and other factors. 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 a deep interest in American pop culture — namely comic books, jazz and cinema — that would inform his bold and graphic paintings. His prints can be found for less than approximately $1,000 but his paintings have sold for between $10,000 and $20,000 over the years. Find original Peter Max paintings on 1stDibs.