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Ora Inge Maxim, (American, 1895-1982)

Le Faouet, Brittany

White-line woodblock print. Signed in pencil at lower right, Ora Inge Maxim. Self-carved and self-printed by the artist, ca. 1932.

24.2 by 19 cm

Thomas, Provincetown Printing Blocks, 1988, p. 19, original woodblock illus. p. 42

Ora Inge Maxim was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, to a family of seven children. As a child she did not receive any specialized art education, but began pursuing the arts in 1928 when she enrolled in general art courses at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her talent was quickly recognized; she received numerous awards in her first year. She also studied with F. Mortimer Lamb of Stoughton, Massachusetts, and George B. Torrey in New York City. In the spring of 1930 her first husband, who had strongly supported her artistic pursuits, died suddenly. Maxim, undeterred, was one of fifteen artists to accompany the painter Michel Jacobs on a tour of Europe and North Africa that summer. She returned with thirty-six completed canvases, seven of which she exhibited later that year with Jacobs at the Barbizon-Plaza Art Galleries in New York, followed by shows at the Crapo Gallery in New Bedford and the Gloucester Society of Artists in 1931.

At some point shortly before or just after the European tour Maxim began studying with Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) in Provincetown, one of the leading white-line Provincetown printmakers. This print, derived from her 1930 trip to France, is the smaller of two versions which Maxim produced of the subject. She exhibited her first white-line print in 1931, and the last record of her exhibiting a print (or any art) was at the Provincetown Art Association in 1934. Maxim's artistic activities seem to cease in the mid-1930's, apparently by choice, for she suffered from no lack of success and recognition for her work.


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