Maxa Nordau grew up in a bourgeois family in Paris. Her father, Max Nordau, originally came from Germany and was a doctor. He was one of the theorists and colleagues of Theodor Herzl and contributed to the creation of the State of Israel. Maxa Nordau studied with Lopez Mezquita and Jules Adler, who taught her oil painting, drawing, and watercolors. During World War I, she lived in Spain with her father. She exhibited her work at official exhibitions, and took part in the Colonial Exhibition in Strasbourg in 1924. She contributed to the decoration of the Palestine pavilion in the World Fair in Paris in 1937. In 1939, Maxa Nordau participated in a French art exhibition in England. During World War II, she exhibited her work in America. She took part in several exhibitions in New York and taught painting at New York City College. Back in Paris in 1946, she continued to paint and to exhibit in private galleries. She enjoyed traveling and visited Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, and Greece. She painted numerous portraits and illustrated several books including Max Nordau’s Contes pour Maxa (publisher: Presse du Temps présent) and Pierre Créange’s Le Vent dans les cheveux. Israel remained her home base.
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"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015