Tavík František ŠIMON

Travel defines the life and work of Czech-born painter and printmaker Tavík František Šimon, whose most famous prints are city scenes of Paris, New York, and Prague in the early 20th century. While living in Paris from 1904 through 1914, Simon brought flower markets, bridges, cathedrals, and bookstalls to vivid life in charming, colorful aquatints. The artist crossed the globe in 1926-1927, sailing from Cherbourg to New York, traveling through the newly opened Panama Canal, sketching and writing through South America, Asia, and the Middle East as he made his way back to Europe. Šimon was a talented printmaker and a persuasive, eloquent writer, as his published letters from that voyage attest. He then returned to Prague in 1928 and became a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. Although he died in 1941, interest in his prints has remained high, with retrospective shows and catalog raisonnes compiled in just the last twenty years.

Tavik Frantisek SIMON - Under the Pont-Neuf, Paris - Etching on tan wove paper - detail Sold
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Under the Pont-Neuf, Paris

SIMON, Tavik Frantisek

Etching on tan wove paper. Reference: Novák 401.  Edition of 100.  Signed, and numbered in pencil, and bearing the artist’s red monogram stamp. 

TF Simon - St Chapelle Paris - soft ground and aquatint - 1911 - detail

St. Chapelle, Paris

SIMON, Tavik Frantisek

Aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on simili-Japan wove paper.Reference: Novák 177. Edition of 100.Signed in pencil.  

Tavik Frantisek SIMON - Tropical Wood, Ceylon - Etching on wove paper detail

Tropical Wood, Ceylon

SIMON, Tavik Frantisek

Etching on wove paper   Reference: not in Novák.  Edition unknown.  Signed in pencil, and bearing the artist’s red monogram stamp.