Four coloured etchings c1920, by Max Pollak
Max Pollak was born in Prague in 1886, dying in Sausalito, California in 1970. He was a painter and engraver, active both in Austria and later in the U.S.A. He was taught by William Unger and Ferdinand Schmutzer at the Vienna Academy of Art. In 1910, he was awarded the Prix de Rome for his etchings, a first for an etcher. In 1912, he travelled to Italy, France and Holland, to study and paint. During World War I, he was an Austrian Official War Artist. Moving to the U.S.A. in 1927, produced colour aquatints of New York, Cincinnati and Detroit, and later San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito.
His work is represented in the collections of Oakland Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Princeton Museum, the British Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Czech National Gallery in Prague, the Albertina Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna.
Biblio: Bénézit: Dictionnaire des Peintres.