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Max Kahn Max Kahn was born in Russia in 1902, he came to the United States in 1907 as a small child. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley College in Peoria, Illinois. He then went on to study in Paris (1926-1928) at the Academy Suede West on the Right Bank. He studied sculpture with Emile Antoine Bourdelle and Charles Despiau, and drawing with Othon Friesz. He also studied in New York at the Beaux Arts and in Chicago at the School of the Art Institute.
Kahn taught lithography at John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis; Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Arts, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and and from 1944 to 1959 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he gained the rank of professor. From 1959 to 1969 Max Kahn taught at the University of Chicago.

Max Kahn (on right) in Peoria Studio 1930's