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Max Kalish
Acquisition Number: 63.49
Size: 7 3/8" x 6" x 4"
Date: n.d.

Max Kalish, was born Max Kalichik in Valozin, Lithuania, son of Joel and Hannah (Levinson) Kalichik in 1891. He immigrated with his family to Cleveland in 1898. Kalish studied with Herman Matzen at the Cleveland School of Art, with Herbert Adams at the National Academy of Design (his roommate was Alex Warshawsky), and in the studios of Alexander Stirling Calder. In 1912 he went to Europe to study, exhibiting at the Paris Salon of 1913. Kalish returned to the U.S. via San Francisco, where he was a sculptor for the Pan-Pacific Exposition. Returning to Cleveland in 1915 he tried and abandoned dental school, yet while he was in dental school he gained a mastery of body structure. From 1916-19, he was in the Army, assisting reconstructive work on war-mutilated soldiers. One of his best known works is a statue of Abraham Lincoln created in 1932 which was installed at the Cleveland School Administration Building. Upon his death Cleveland City Council enacted a tribute and the Cleveland Museum of Art gave a memorial exhibition of his work jointly, with the paintings of Alex Warshawsky. He married Alice Neuman in 1927. They had two children, Richard and James. Kalish died in New York City in 1945 and was buried in Cleveland's Mayfield Cemetery.