This delicate and incredibly fine ink drawing depicts an elegant wanderer who is looking down a picturesque valley with a little town and the ruin of a tower in the background. This artwork is signed by the Berlin artist ERICH M. SIMON and dates back to around 1910.
We are proud to have acquired a selection of drawings and watercolors from the estate of the well known Berlin artist Erich M. Simon (1892 – 1978). Erich M. Simon is a listed artist. I found a painting as well as a poster by him on Artprice that brought $1.350.00 and $1,600.00.
With intriguing sense for detail and realistic rendering Erich M. Simon drew this miniature artwork around 1910. We see the back view of an elegant gentleman who is holding a book. Possibly he is a poet who is seeking inspiration in the beautiful view that is unfolding before his eyes. The wanderer is looking down on a picturesque valley with a little town and in the far back the ruin of a tower and some snow-caped mountains can be seen.
Erich M. Simon (1892 - 1978) was born in a little town in Pommern, and already at early childhood stage he was educated in drawing and painting by his mother. The family moved to Berlin in 1901 and young Erich's wish to become a professional painter constantly grew. At the age of 18 he was accepted as a student at the renown Berlin School of Arts and Crafts, and his teacher was the famous artist Emil Orlik. Besides his love for fine arts Erich M. Simon was fascinated with the world of literature and books. In the museum library he studied the illustrations of Menzel, Daumier, Guys, and Gavarni. Eventually he found his personal period of artistic life - the Biedermeier era.
As a young artist Simon created graphic designs for cigar boxes, chocolate packages, and other advertising products. His talent as an illustrator was soon discovered by the important publishers of the time: Kiepenheuer, Junker and Fleischel. Furthermore many members of the Berlin high society ordered their exlibris (bookplates) to be created by the more and more popular artist. In this busy period (1910 to 1913) Simon underwent two influential voyages to Paris where he discovered a deep love for antiques. From that time on he not only staged his imageries in a by-gone time, but also placed antique artifacts in his drawings.
During WW1 Simon was wounded and only slowly recovered in a military hospital. After being cured a change in his work, being less romantic and idealized, becomes evident. During this period the influence of his teacher Emil Orlik and his co-student George Grosz (1893 - 1959) becomes very clearly visible.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany.
DATE: Around 1910.
ARTIST: Erich M. Simon (1892 - 1978).
MARKS: Artist's signature "Simon" at the left edge of the depiction.
MATERIAL: Ink & whitener on cardboard.
MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE: Very fine hand painting.
CONDITION: Very Good ORIGINAL as found condition. NO RESTORATION!
SIZE: Size of the sheet is 4.2 x 7.1 inches.
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