Beautiful Graphics by T.F.Simon, Czech Artist
T.F.Simon. Beautiful Winter
Tavík František Šimon (1877-1942), was a Czech painter, etcher, and woodcut artist. He was the youngest of seven children of the miller Antonin Šimon and Anna Tavikova. He showed early a talent for drawing, his elementary school teacher recommended to his parents to send him for art education in Prague.
As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, he received a stipend that allowed him to travel to Italy, Belgium, England and France. He had his first solo exhibition in Prague in 1905, and a Paris exhibition in 1906. His extensive travels would eventually also bring him to New York City, London, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, and Japan, images of all of which appear in his work.
After studying in Paris in 1905–1913, Simon returned to Prague and became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague.
Simon's style was strongly influenced by the French Impressionists and, perhaps through them, by Japanese printmaking techniques, in particular color aquatints with soft ground etching. created more than 650 graphic works of high quality.
Largely ignored during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, his work has received greater attention in recent years.