Maxa Nordau grow up in a parisian wealthy family. Her father, Max Nordau, who comes from Germany, was a doctor. He was one of the theorist and a collaborator of Theodore Herzl and he contributed to the creation of Israel.
Maxa Nordau learns with Lopez Mesquita and Jules Adler who teach her oil painting, drawing and watercolor.
During the First World War, she lives in Spain with his father. She exposes in the official shows, and take part at the Colonial exhibition in Strasbourg in 1924 and in Paris in 1931. She participates at the decoration of the Palestinian pavilion for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1937.
In 1939, Maxa Nordau participates in England in an exhibition of French art. During the Second World War, Maxa Nordau exiles herself in United States where she takes part to several exhibitions in New York and she teaches painting at the New York City College.
Back in Paris in 1946, she still paints and exposes in private art galleries. As she loved to travel, Maxa Nordau visits Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Turkey and Greece. She executes a lot of portraits and illustrates several books which « Contes pour Maxa » (published by « Presse du Temps Présent ») wroten by Max Nordau and « Le Vent dans les Cheveux de Pierre Créange ».
Israel will always remain her « home ».
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