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Maxime Adam-Tessier Artist Biography  French, 1920-2000

French sculptor, Maxime Adam-Tessier was born in Rouen in 1920. He attended Académie Julian, Paris and studied under Despiau in 1939, and later, in 1945, under Laurens.

His first exhibition was held at Galerie Arc-en-ciel, Paris in 1947 followed by exhibitions in the Salons - de May, Comparisons, Jeune sculpture, Réalités nouvelles.

During early years Maxime Adam-Tessier emerged from the figurative forms to Cubist forms 'with volumes dense and full, no accident interrupts, only slight accents, barely indicated, hanging light to spread a secret life' (H. Wesche).

In the 1950s Maxime Adam-Tessier exhibited abroad, in Germany, the United States,  at the Sao Paulo Biennial, 1952; and in the Carara, 1957, where he won a prize. In 1960 he exhibited at the Victor Waddington Gallery in London.

Maxime Adam-Tessier taught at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London.

In 1972 he was appointed inspector for the artistic education of the Ministry of Culture, the post he held until 1986. He was a founder of an association of international exchanges between schools of art, called Art Agreement.

Maxime Adam-Tessier exhibited at the Galerie Etienne de Causans in Paris in 1992 and at Theo Waddington in London in 1996.

His sculpture can be found in many private and public collections in France including the RER station of La Défense, 1969, and abroad - Battleship Co. for Fred Olsen, Stockholm, Sweden.

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