Weber, Max (1881–1961), U.S. painter. He introduced European modern art movements, such as Fauvism and Cubism, to America by incorporating the styles into his own work. His works between 1912 and 1919 were abstract, becoming more representational from 1919 on. Weber was born in Russia and came to the United States when he was 10. He studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Académie Julian in Paris, and with the renowned French artist Henri Matisse. Weber was an influential teacher at the Art Students League. Among his students there was Mark Rothko, who later became an important abstract artist.