New Moon Ver. I #3
Acrylic on Paper
22.25" x 30"
Inspired by the monks and sages the artist saw as a child growing up in Shanghai, China, Peter Max's 'New Moon' is representative of his sensual and energetic Neo-Expressionistic brushwork style, and of his bold, Neo-Fauvist color palette which began to emerge in the 1970s.
In the painting, a zen monk, holding his umbrella, contemplates the meaning of a new moon rising - new beginnings and goals, a time when new intentions are made. He seems to float somewhere between the horizon and the clouds and heavens, close to the new moon, and painted in the most daring and vibrant of the artist's color palettes.