Max Weber made this painting after he went to a Chinese restaurant. Hey, eating Chinese food was a new thing in America way back when in 1915.
As if he were looking through a kaleidoscope, Weber used repeated shapes and patterns to show many views of the restaurant at the same time: the lively, dizzy activity and brightness inside, and the calm night outside.
OK, find at least three different patterns that you recognize. Like, where in a restaurant would you find: Checks? Stripes? Zigzags? How about dots? Or diamond patterns?
Now take a close look at this painting and find the people in this space.
Max Weber made it seem like the whole room is moving. If you’ve ever turned round and round till you feel your head is ahead of your body—uh, whoa, it’s that same feeling!