Anthony 06 BOOK 032-10 – Version 2


Ça Me Suffit.

In 1969, Resia Schor (center), an artist herself and the widow of the artist Ilya Schor, bought this house, which was constructed around 1800, for her and her daughters Naomi (right) and Mira (left). She called it Ça Me Suffit — “It is enough for me.” Resia worked in the oldest part of the house, a former fish shack, making jewelry and sculpture. Mira painted upstairs in a small room with seashell-patterned wallpaper from the ’50s. Naomi, a noted scholar who died in 2001, worked in an upstairs room with a bay view. After Resia died in 2006, Mira began drawing in her mother’s studio, which she said “proved to be an engine for new work.” Resia and Ilya are buried in Town Cemetery, under a somber but strikingly Modernist tombstone.

¶ Adapted from Building Provincetown (2015). ¶ Image courtesy of Mira Schor.

David MacIntyre wrote on 15 September 2014: The reason for the “somber” gravestone, presumably, is that Jewish tradition calls for a minimum of fanciness in the burial of a body. That would include the least expensive wooden coffin, and a minimum of grave decoration. Since these two ladies were artists, maybe it was “modern,” but the engraving of a Hebrew name, Israel ben Naftali, on Ilya Schor’s gravestone suggests to me the family may have been quite observant. That’s why I suggest Jewish tradition as the reason for the rather plain stone.

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