Hermann Simon (1846-1895)

  • Hermann Simon (1846-1895)
  • Sunset on the Hudson River
  • Oil on canvas
  • 15 x 25 inches
  • Signed and dated 1875, lower right

Herman Gustav Simon was born in Germany in 1846. His family emigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia when Simon was two years of age. Simon studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and contributed to the 41st Annual Exhibition held in 1864.[1] In 1872, Simon was recognized as a rising Philadelphia artist by the Philadelphia Inquirer. A critic for the newspaper noted how “remarkably true to life” Simon’s paintings of dog’s heads were after viewing them at the art gallery of Mr. J.E. McClees in Philadelphia.[2] The same year, Simon’s Scotch Terrier was exhibited as part of a collection of notable American and European artists owned by Charles F. Haseltine, proprietor of the Leavitt Art Rooms in New York’s Union Square.[3]

In 1878, Simon was one of 16 artists from the Philadelphia Society of Artists to exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. For the exhibit, Simon contributed more than a dozen landscapes and several studies of dogs.[4] His paintings of sheep were included with the Society’s exhibition at the Academy in 1880.[5] At the 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1881, Simon exhibited In Full Cry which according to The Times depicted “three beagles bounding toward the spectator in a way that suggest a canine version of Wagner’s ‘Chariot Race.”[6]

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Hermann Simon Sunset on the Hudson River
Hermann Simon Sunset on the Hudson Rive