Influenced by such rich and varied sources as Cranach, Delacroix, Matisse, and Klee and inspired by his friend Jacques Prevert, Max Papart's work opens a window into another world. Provoking as much thought as pleasure, he is equally at home with sunny landscapes of the South of France as with beautifully crafted classical line drawings and witty collaged portraits. Working in a Cubist style, he depicted circus scenes, flirting couples, soaring birds, and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes of contrasting colors and textures which suggest many levels of depth. He often achieved what has been called a "time window" effect, through which the viewer senses the past or future.
This is not to say that Papart is simply a purveyor of superficial entertainment. For all its decorative gaiety, his work also forces the viewer to think. As the noted critic André Parinaud put it, "We are going to rediscover Papart as one of the masters of the second cubist generation, born from color and from the geometric demand of the composition...His radiating warmth will be much appreciated."
Papart's work is widely recognized by critics and connoisseurs alike. Since his first one-man show in 1946, he had over 300 museum and gallery exhibitions around the globe, and is the subject of dozens of books and catalogues.