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Max Westfeld was a noted German portrait artist. He also painted still lives and landscapes, mainly of the lower Rhine and Westphalia countryside. Westfeld was born in 1882 in Herford and studied in Düsseldorf. He and his son, Gerd immigrated to the United States in 1939 and settled in Nashville, TN; they took on the name Westfield. One of Max Westfeld’s best known works is this portrait of Albert Einstein, which hangs at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Max Westfeld died in 1971.

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Painting of Albert Einstein by Max Westfeld : photograph, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5351H.