Jean Georges Simon (1894-1968) Watercolour Sketch French Sailor


Artist: Jean-Georges Simon (1894- 1968) or Gyorgy Janos Simon
Title: “French Sailor”
Medium: Watercolour, charcoal on laid paper
Date: 1937

This spontaneous and expressive sketch was likely painted after Simon’s marriage to Patricia Frayling in 1937. Their honeymoon seems to have been spent on the French and Italian sides of the Ligurian Sea, with Simon producing sketches of Genoa and Rapallo in the same year.

Jean-Georges Simon was born in Trieste in 1894, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was a cavalry officer in the First War. With the rise of totalitarianism in central Europe before WWII, he fled west, first to France and later to Britain. He maintained a studio in London, before moving to Harrogate at the onset of the Blitz.

He exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in 1945, and in Wakefield in 1948 and 1949. As well as Harrogate in 1966. A significant retrospective was held at the Ernst Museum, Vienna in 2007. Two years earlier, the writer Robert Waterhouse, published a catalogue and monograph on the artist, entitled: Jean-Georges Simon: Hungary to England - an Artist's Odyssey. The Jean-Georges Simon Foundation was formed around the same time.

Inscriptions: JGS. 37 (beneath the mount)
Provenance: Collection of Alfred A. Haley of Walton, Wakefield (Likely acquired from the artist)

Size (Frame): 40 x 32 x 1cm (15¾ x 12¼”)
Size (Image): 25 x 16.5cm ( 9¾ x 6½”)
Weight: 900g