The rich mahogany background of this painting is typical of Max’s still life work of a few decades ago. He did several paintings featuring food–maybe sustenance is a better word. This crusty loaf needs no accompaniment but a swig from the pewter jug beside it. The grapes and copper pot below offer another example of Max’s work from this period.
Max Ranft has used the Graue Mill as the setting for a number of paintings. He adjusted the landscape components to fit his composition. The painting above includes the addition of a boat and three men. In the painting below, the river is broad and prominent. Notice that the mill is three stories high. Both were painted in the 1990s and are privately owned.