Yochanan Simon

1976 - 1905

Yochanan Simon is a German-born painter who became particularly identified with the kibbutz movement and with socialist realism. Simon was born in 1905 and in 1936 immigrated to Israel and settled in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, where he found himself engaged in various works, but hardly painted. At the same time, his great talent did not go unnoticed by the captains of the "National Kibbutz" and they recruited him in favor of glorifying the kibbutz movement through art. He painted posters full of pathos for the "Shomer Hatzair", paintings that present the kibbutz life as successful and in particular family scenes that combine happiness and intimacy, as well as works that glorify the value of work and the beauty of the land (in a time period defined as the "brown period"). Thus Simon was chosen to paint the official poster of the first Israeli Independence Day as well as a poster for May 1, 1950. In 1953 Simon made another significant turning point, both in terms of lifestyle and artistic style - he separated from his first wife, moved to Tel Aviv, and began painting in his studio (located in Sderot Rothschild 125, a very short distance from the house of another famous painter, Yosl Bergner) in a completely different style from the one that characterized him in the kibbutz. His works during this period became modern, abstract, very colorful and full of optimism - mainly influenced by his journey to South America. Towards the end of his life he even moved to surrealist paintings, in the style of Juan Miró. Simon is also known for his oversized murals to which he was exposed during his travels to New York and Italy. In 1950, he created a number of murals in universities, factories and public buildings, and even on ships of the Zim company. On his travels to South America he also created well-known murals in Brazil and Argentina.

 

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Turmoil of Desires, 1975, שמן על בד,…

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Turmoil of Desires, 1975, oil on canvas,…

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Fantastic View, 1962, Oil on canvas, 37.5X45…

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6500

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Vegetation, 1970, Oil on canvas laid down…

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3600

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Landscape, 1962, Oil on canvas, 90X130 cm.…

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Figures in the Kibbutz, 1947, Oil on…

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Figures in the Kibbutz, Oil on canvas,…

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13500

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In the Kibbutz, 1963, Oil on canvas…

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$8,000 - $12,000

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La Fleur Perdue, 1975, oil on canvas,…

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3200

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Landscape, 1954, ink on paper, 30X20 cm.…

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300

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Vegetation Fighting, 1970, Oil on canvas, 16X21…

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1600

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Figures in the kibbutz, Charcoal on paper,…

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550

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A Figure Lying Down,Ink on paper, 20X28…

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320

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Figures in the Kibbutz, 1947, Oil on…

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85000

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A Family in a Kibbutz, 1953, Oil…

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32000

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Rest in the Kibbutz, Oil on canvas,…

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20000

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The Chattering Tree, 1965, Oil on canvas,…

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6500

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Primeval Vegetation, 1970, Oil on canvas, 33X41…

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6000

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Yochanan Simon
Kibbutz, 1941, Oil on canvas, 32X49.5 cm.…

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9000

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Paysage Capricieux, 1970, Oil on canvas laid…

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6000

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Yochanan Simon
Desert Landscape, 1959, gouache on paper, 34X49…

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6500

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Figures in the Kibbutz, Watercolor on paper,…

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2200

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Figure in the Field, 1958, Oil on…

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4000

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Figures in the Kibbutz, Oil on canvas,…

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26000

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Resting in the Kibbutz, 1950's, Oil on…

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$20,000 - $30,000

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Childrens’ Hour in the Kibbutz, Oil on…

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50000

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Fantasy, 1975, Oil on canvas, 27X35 cm.…

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4600

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Portrait of Ida Kimchi, 1963, Oil on…

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3200

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A House in the Landscape, Oil on…

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4000

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Yochanan Simon
Abstract Landscape with a Bird, Oil on…

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2400

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Yochanan Simon
Contemplation Joyeuse, 1973, Oil on canvas, 27X35…

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4200

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Fantastic Landscape, 1973, Oil on canvas, 46X38…

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4200

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Yochanan Simon
Expectation, 1965, Oil on canvas, 33X41 cm.…

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5500

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Young Girl by the Window, Oil on…

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3800

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Figures in the Kibbutz, 1957, Oil and…

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4400

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Yochanan Simon
Figures in the Kibbutz, Oil on canvas,…

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57000

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