Arriving in Paris in 1910 to graduate as a couture teacher, she passed the entrance exam to the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs on the advice of her trainers, impressed by her pencil stroke. She will be received second.
In parallel to this classical training, Chana Orloff was introduced to modern sculpture at the Academy directed by Marie Vassilief.
Located in the Cité Falguière, it is part of the avant-garde artists' colony in the Montparnasse neighbourhood. His neighbours are Brancusi and Modigliani, two confreres who will have some influence in his formation.
In 1914, Chana Orloff created this "Maternity", one of her first significant works. The artist's own style can be found here: the lengthening and stylization of the forms, a simple workmanship, a fine and graceful treatment of the detail. It emanates from this mother, slightly arched under the weight of her child who sits on her arms, her face tilted towards the little head curled up in her neck, an infinite tenderness and softness.