Maximillian (Max) Margius Fernekes was an American artist known for his etching and watercolors of the Wisconsin cityscapes. He has been called the Norman Rockwell of Mineral Point and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Max Fernekes was born to Max Fernekes Sr., a local architect who encouraged him to study engineering at Marquette University. Unfulfilled, Fernekes dropped out to become a full time artist. He first studied painting and printmaking for a year under artist Gustave Moeller.
He survived the Great American Depression selling his art in Milwaukee's street with his wife the artist Ava Avery Fernekes. His work often depicts rural Wisconsin landscapes, documents its architecture and the daily lives of peoples, and at times cityscapes.
He illustrated in the 1930s “The Index of American Design”, a catalog of pre-1880s decorative arts of Wisconsin, written by Clarence F. Hornung. This was financed in the Great Depression by the highly publicized Works Progress Administration, which provided jobs to indigent American artists. One of his work included was 'Arch Grill' (1938) . It helped launch his career as an illustrator. He was then commissioned by the Milwaukee journals, and magazines and newspapers, among other.
He was a prolific artist and had many devoted fans. Among them was Michael T. Crowley Sr., former CEO of Bank Mutual, collected the paintings, which were displayed throughout Bank Mutual's corporate headquarters. When Associated Banc-Corp bought Bank Mutual Corp., the more than 90 paintings Fernekes collection was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Works[edit | edit source]
Max Ferneke's work is very rarely available at auction but a number of his paintings are owned by the city of Milwaukee and on display, so can be viewed in various city buildings. These include:
Arch Grill, National Gallery of Art -not on display.
Elegance from Time Victorian, etching on display at the Milwaukee City Hall.
Gesu Church Milwaukee, etching, on display at the city of Milwaukee 841 Bldg.
Jones Island Main Street, etching on display at the Milwaukee City Hall.
Milwaukee Avenue, etching on display at the Milwaukee City Hall.
Milwaukee Skyline, etching on display at the Milwaukee City Hall.
Northpoint Water Tower Milwaukee, etching on display at the City Hall.
Northwestern Depot Milwaukee, etching on display at the city of Milwaukee 809 Bldg.
Old Barn, watercolor, at the city of Milwaukee -not on display.
Wells Street Bridge Milwaukee, etching on display at the city of Milwaukee 841 Bldg.
Museum Collections[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- "Arch Grill, 1938 by Max Fernekes -National Gallery Art". https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.23756.html. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
- "Cedarburg Museum Past Exhibitions". https://www.cedarburgartmuseum.org/past-exhibitions-55. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
- "Maximillian Margius Fernekes Biography -The Annex Gallery". https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/4524/Fernekes/Maximillion. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
- "Wisconsin Historical Society Recieves as a Donation Bank Mutual's Ferneke's Art Collection". https://newsroom.associatedbank.com/releases/wisconsin-historical-society-receives-former-bank-mutuals-max-fernekes-art-collection/. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
- "Maximillian Margius Fernekes Art Sold At Auction". https://www.invaluable.com/artist/fernekes-max-r48yhnhwi0/sold-at-auction-prices/. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
- "City of Milwaukee Art Collection and Location". https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityDCD/artsboard/pdfs/MABARTCATALOGw-photosforweb7-2022.pdf. Retrieved 27 March 2023.
Category:People from Milwaukee Category:1905 births Category:1984 deaths Category:American people of German descent Category:19th-century American painters Category:American male painters Category:19th-century American male artists