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Alix Angèle Marguerite Hava was born in Marseilles in 1894. Her father, Nari Jacob Hava, was a prosperous merchant and her mother, whose maiden name was Léonie des Haut Champs, came from an aristocratic family in Brittany. She had a privileged, cultivated childhood and traveled with her parents around the Mediterranean to various countries, including Egypt and Turkey. In 1909, she went to Martinique with her mother whose relatives were sugar cane planters in the French colony in the 19th century.
Alix studied drawing and music at the Conservatory of Toulouse. A prodigy, gifted in music as well as art, she won a gold medal in piano and considered a musical career before deciding to become a painter.
In 1911, when just 17, she first made contact with the important Nabi painter Maurice Denis (1870-1943), and spent the summer painting with him in Brittany and later in Paris where her first project was helping Denis on a mural for the dome of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Alix Aymé’s life reads like a movie—a dramatic tale punctuated by war, loss, and the healing power of art.... Joel Fletcher and John Copenhaver, who formed Fletcher/Copenhaver v in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1993, discovered Aymé’s work while on a buying trip in France about 10 years ago. Fletcher says, “We bought a small and very beautiful watercolor on silk and put it on our website. Shortly after, we were contact by Pascal Lacombe and Guy Ferrer, who were close friends of Alix.” Over the course of the next decade, Fletcher and Copenhaver became immersed in Alix Aymé’s personal and artistic journey. “She was an extraordinary artist and quite famous in her time,” says Fletcher. “But after her death, she was a bit neglected.” ....