With the 4th of July right around the corner, what would be better than a blog post celebrating Peter Max, one of our most patriotic artists that we feature in the gallery? Not only is Max’s artwork beautiful to look at, a lot of his pieces reveal a great depth of pride and heroic nature within him. This post will briefly describe two of the main occurrences that illustrate Max’s pride as an American citizen and why he is such a fitting artist to commemorate on such an important holiday in American history.
Everyone remembers exactly where they were on September 11, 2001 when they heard the news about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers. It was a devastating event that took too many lives, too soon. Peter Max wanted to do anything he possibly could to reach out to all of the families of the firefighters that died heroically saving the lives of fellow American citizens. He decided to paint a portrait of every individual fire fighter and donate it to their family. Instead of remembering 9/11 for its tragedy, Max wanted to remember it as a time that America truly came together to help one another.
On July 4, 1976, Peter Max painted his very first liberty head for the celebration of the Bicentennial. He made a promise to himself to paint liberty heads in increasing numbers every year after this, which he still does today! Nancy Reagan, the first lady at this time, found out about Max’s liberty heads and asked if he would like to paint some at the White House for her, Ronald, and some of their guests. Naturally, Max accepted her offer. Shortly after, Max was informed that the Statue of Liberty was going to be torn down due to corrosion and decay. He was desperate to help out in any way possible. Luckily, the CEO of Chrysler, Lee Iacocca, was searching for a great cause such as this to lend his funding to. Together, Max and Iacocca were successful in preserving our most recognizable symbol of American pride!
Baterbys is very lucky to have such a large collection of Max’s American pride pieces. Aside from the works above, we have many other one-of-a-kind pieces featuring the liberty head and American flag. Up until Sunday, June 6th, we are offering 20% OFF ALL AMERICAN PRIDE PETER MAX PIECES! Call, stop by the gallery today, or shop his works online here to take advantage of this incredible offer!
The team at Baterbys wishes you all a happy, and safe, 4th of July weekend with your family and friends!