Tavik Frantisek Simon (1888-1942) was a highly influential painter, print maker, etcher and woodcut artist. Shortly after completing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague in 1900, he received two scholarships to travel. This led him to his first solo exhibition in Prague in 1905, and his second one in Paris one year later. This resulted in great international exposure, firmly establishing his reputation. By 1920 he had major exhibitions in Chicago and New York. He became well known for his city and landscape scenes, which were strongly influenced by impressionism and Japanese woodblock printmaking technique. These styles are recognizable in the refined lines and effortless detail, color and ambiance of his streets scenes. Although a very long process, he especially enjoyed working with aquatint. Based in Paris until 1913, he returned to Prague to become a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, and four years later became one of the founders of the Hollar Association of Czech Graphic Artists.
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