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Yohanan Simon

Born: 1905, Berlin - Died: 1976, Tel Aviv

Simon studied at the Max Beckmann Art School in Frankfurt and schools in Munich and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he lived in the 20s. He worked for Vogue in the 30s in New York. In the 50s he was a member of Kibbutz Gan Shmuel. He began as a socialist realist, painting family life in the kibbutz. He also executed murals for Israeli ships, public buildings and hotels, including works in New York and the Ivory Coast. He illustrated books and designed stage sets. He showed twice at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Dizengoff Prize three times. After an extended trip to South America he abandoned socialist realism and developed a style of colorful biomorphic abstraction for use in surrealist landscapes. His works are highly collectible, with the early kibbutz scenes now quite valuable.

Le Soupirant (the suitor/lover) / Oil on canvas