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.
Like all professional artists, Max makes a lot of sketches. In this one, he tries to tackle the problem of all that green. He must have liked the result because he signed it in the lower right.