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T  FRANTISEK SIMON (1877-1942) Paris print Czech artist signed

T FRANTISEK SIMON (1877-1942) Paris print Czech artist signed

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A large etching in colors by the famous Czech artist, TAVIK FRANTISEK SIMON (1877-1942), commonly titled "Rue Mouffetard" (Paris scene). The sheet measures 21" by 24" and is presently unframed with just an old mat. The subject is a pawn shop ("Chiffonier") in Paris, the antique curiosities and goods displayed on the street as people mill about. In the plate appears the artist's distinctive monogram and the date of execution, 1913. The artist signed the work in pencil at lower right and at lower left corner in the margin is a blind stamp and a penciled number "70" or similar. Simon was an influential Czech printmaker and painter, and a highly prolific artist. The following information is gathered from a website devoted to the artist: "Simon was an influential Czech printmaker and painter. The youngest of seven children of a miller, he showed early talent, receiving art education in Prague. In his early 20's he won a scholarship to travel, and as a result he was exposed to the art riches of Italy, Paris, and London, including museum collections and the works of artists such as Whistler. Through the early years of the new century and beyond, Simon showed an insatiable curiosity, seeking out art and learning from past masters. From 1900 to 1910 Simon acquired skills in the graphic arts, and entered a period of intense productivity. World War I disrupted his progress but after the war he resumed, continuing his traditional style in the face of the increasing pressure exerted by the trends of Modernism. In 1926 he undertook an ambitious, around the world journey, spending much time in major cities of the United States, to wide acclaim, before continuing over the Pacific and back to Europe via Asia, all the while recording his experiences and gathering new visual images for future use. The 1930's saw him going full circle, himself now a professor of graphic arts in Prague. Once again a world war disrupted his life, and this time he was affected physically by the stress, passing away at the young age of 65. Today Simon is most commonly known for his fine graphic art output, there being over 650 known graphic works. In 1994 and again in 2002, the life and works of the artist were re-evaluated and promoted. Today Simon's works are owned by museums and collectors worldwide, and they appear frequently on the art market.