Tavik Franti
Šek Šimon 

(1877-1942)



On this page we show works of art by the artist T. F. Šimon,
mainly graphical artworks (not always big photos available),
compared with pictures taken from the same location.
If you have inspiration to make a comparative image,
you are welcome to send it to us.


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BELGIUM
 
BRUGGE



 Novak 64, 1907
Canal (Lange Rei) in Brugge
 



2009
 


Factory of gist (demolished) and houses
on canal 'Lange Rei' in Brugge.
Lithography by F. Stroobant (1846)



 


Lange Rei, Brugge 1888


 
CEYLON

"Stairways of Kandy Temple, Ceylon",
oil on canvas, 100 x 86 cm, ca.1927/28.
Signed T.F.Šimon.


 



Stairways of Kandy Temple.
This photo is taken by the artist himself.
January 29-30,1927.



 
CZECHIA
 
BRNO



Novak 1928, AP4
Sint Peter and Paul Church, Brno

 





2007
HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ



Novak 606, 1934
Small Street in Hradec Kralové

 



2008
Photo by  Martin Jiranek
ČESKÝ KRUMLOV



Novak 277, 1917
Nocturne in Cesky Krumlov. 

 




2007
 



Novak 229, 1914
Motif from (Cesky) Krumlov


Drawing by TFS (1914)



2011
 

Das alte Zeughaus, Krumlov

 
 





Novak 228,
Square, Cesky Krumlov



2011

 
KLATOVY


Novak 1938, AP5
The White Tower in Klatovy

 




2008
LITOMYŠL



Novak 231, 1914
Litomyšl in winter
 



2007



 
PRAGUE
 



Novak 1903, AP4
Certovka, Prague
(Devil's Creek)

 



2006
Photo by Petr Novak





 
Photo's from Prague by Zbynek Svoboda



Novak 81, 1908
Ice Rink under the Stone Bridge

 

 


2007

 



Novak 83, 1908
Zeleny Trh (Vegetable Market)
 



2010

 

 



Novak 84, 1908
Arcade in Uhelny Trh

 
 


2007

 



Novak 85, 1908
A quiet Spot in Hradcany

 




2009
 
 



Novak 86, 1908
MOTIV OD HELMOVÝCH MLÝNŮ (PRAGUE).
 Motif from Helm's Mill, Prague

The location of Novak 86 was identified
and photos were sent by:
Mr. Pavel Novotny, author of the book
"Petrská ctvrt dum od domu"
(Libri Praha 2008).
 

Photo

Print

Oil painting by B.Havranek 1821-1899

Oil painting
 



Ca. 1890
 

Click: Map of Prague (1900)
 

Cadastre of Prague


 
Simon must have stood on the bank with his back to Helm's Mills. His view was oriented as the arrow (See the detail photo of the Cadastre).
 
The high building in the background of the print was one of New Mills (exactly Baborsky Mill).

On the picture you see north part of the houses 1225 and 1226 in Barvírská ulice (these houses from the 14.th.century do not exist anymore and the river bed of  Vltava is now aprox. 150 m northern) - On the recent map see (park) eastern  part of street Lannova (between Barvírská and Holbova str.).

Right part of Simon´s picture shows "Nové mlýny " on the map1242 (Baborský mlýn and Veselský mlýn) - also not existing anymore- it is now the western part of park Lannova,  in front of the Post-stamp Museum.

 
 



Novak 124, 1910
Uhelny Trh, Prague

 



2007
 



Novak 137, 1911
Nocturne of Prague


 




2011
 



Novak 139, 1911
Bridge Tower of Stare Mesto (Prague)
and Křižovnické náměstí

 




2007
 



Novak 140, 1911
Husova Trida

 


   
2007
 



Novak 141, 1911
Ungelt

 



2007
 



Novak 143, 1911
Horologe of Stare Mesto

 



2007
 



Novak 144, 1911
Tynn Church and Town Hal.
 
 



2007
 



Novak 145, 1909
Old Town Square and Tyn Church

 



2007
 



Novak 147, 1911
Powder Gate (Prague)

 




 





2011

 







Novak 150, 1912
Gate of the Bridge Tower

 



2010
 
 



Novak 152, 1910
Radeckeho Namesti

 



2007
 


Novak 153, 1911


 





2007
St. Nicolas Church in Mala Strana
 
 



Novak 154, 1911
View from the Fürstenberg Gardens



2007

 
 



Novak 157, 1911
The new Stairs of the Castle

 



2007


 
 



Novak 158, 1911
Nerudova Street

 





2007
 



Novak 159, 1911
Loreta
(I-state, etching and pencil)

 



2009


 
 



Novak 161, 1911
Hradcany (The Castle)

 




2007
 
 



Novak 194, 1912
Novy Svet in Prague

 




2009
 



Novak 195, 1912
Mala Strana in Snow

 





2009

 
 



Novak 217, 1914
Charles Bridge and Křižovnické náměstí, Prague

 



2007
 



Novak 257, 1916
Cathedral from Lumbeova Zahrada, Prague

 



2011
 
 



Novak 260, 1916
Winter in mood

 



2011

 
 



Novak 266, 1916
Ice Rink under the Charles Bridge

 





2009
 



Novak 268, 1916
Staromestske Namesti. 

 




2009
 
 



Novak 275, 1917
Hradcany (Castle) from the embankment (Prague)

 



2011
 
 



Novak 276, 1917
Charles Bridge and Hradcany in Winter

 



2007
 



Novak 283, 1917
Ice Rink under the Charles Bridge

 



2009
 
 



Novak 290, 1918
Narodni Divadlo (National Theatre, Prague)

 






2010
 
 



Novak 291, 1918
Zlata Ulicka in Winter, Prague

 



2011
 
 



Novak 301,
Arrival of President T.G. Masaryk (Prague)

 



2011
(In the background the National Theatre)
 
 



Novak 318, 1919
Bridge Tower and Hradcany
 
 



2010

 
 



Novak 320, 1919
Hradcany (Castle) with Masarykovo Nabrezi (Prague)
 
 


2011
 

 



Novak 325, 1920
Prague, Capital of Czechoslovakia

 



2007
 



Novak 327,
Hradcany (Prague castle) from Chotkovy Sady

 

 


2011
 

 



Novak 329
The Castle of Prague in the evening twilight

 








2011
 






Novak 331, 1920
Hradcany (castle) from Belvedere

 



2010
 



Novak 336, 1920
Hradcany and Novy Svet in Winter

 



2009

 
 



Novak 1920, AP1
Prague, Capital of Czechoslovakia

 



2008
 






Novak 343, 1921
Tyn Church, Prague

 



2007
 



Novak 359, 1921
Stone Bridge, Prague I



2010

 
 



Novak 360, 1921
Stone Bridge, Prague II

 



2007
 



Novak 361, 1921
Stone Bridge, Prague III

 



2007
 



Novak 378, 1922
Saint Nicolas Market, Prague
 



2009
 


Summer 2007

 


Winter 2009
 



Novak 391, 1924
Town hall of Stare Mesto (Old Town)




2010

 
 



Novak 392, 1924
Staro Mestske Namesti in Winter

 



2009
 
 

 

 


Novak 405, 1924
View trough the Gates of
the Bridge Tower of the old town (Prague)


 


2011

 

 



Novak 406, 1924
Silhouette of Hradcany  in the Evening

 







2007
 



Novak 440, 1925
The stairs of the Castle in Winter

 






2009
 



Novak 447, 1926
The stairs of the Castle in Winter

 





Winter 2009
 


Autumn 2007

 





Novak 447, 1926
The stairs of the Castle in Winter
 
 



Novak 471,
Mount Petrin in the Mourning.

 







2010
 
 



Novak 503, 1929
Charles Bridge in winter

 



2009
 
 



Novak 592, 1932
Tynn Church in the Morning

 



2007
 






Novak 602, 1933
The Castle from Jeleni Prikop

 



2007
 
 



Novak 615, 1935
Charles Bridge

 



2010

 
 



Novak 1934, AP3
Choir of St.Vitus Cathedral

 






2007


 
 



Novak 1934, AP4
Into Hradcanska Square




 



2009


 


Novak 1934, AP4
Detail of the baroque statue on the wall

 

 



Novak 619, 1936
The Stairs of the Castle

 



2007
 
 



Novak 1940, AP1
Štefánik Bridge, Prague

 





2007
PROSTEJOV



Novak 1941, AP2
Prostejov



2009
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda


 
SLANY
Photos by Zbyněk Svoboda



Novak 617, 1936
View from the square onto the church in Slany. 

 







2007
 











Novak 618, 1936
View from the church
onto the Town Hall in Slany.

 



2007
STRAMBERK



Novak 350, 1921
Nocturne in Stramberk






2010
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda




 
FRANCE
 


AURAY
 


Novak 179, 1911
Nocturne in Auray, Brittany
(Simon's print is in reverse).
 


2013
Photo in reverse to compare the print by the artist.
(It is high probably the right location).

 


Postcard Auray (early 20th. century).

 




2013
Simon writes on the postcard that he visited Auray, Quimper, Lorient etc., he finds Brittany really beautiful and picturesque.

 
CHARTRES



Novak 111, 1909
Cathedral of Chartres



 




2008

 
 




Novak 363, 1921
Angel with sun-dial
Etching
 



2008
Angel with Sundial
(Cathedral of Chartres)


Novak 363, 1921
Angel with sun-dial
(Zincograph)

 


2008



 
 



Novak 446
Inside the Cathedral of Chartres
 



Inside the Cathedral of Chartres, 2008




 


Inside the Cathedral of Chartres, 2008



 


Drawing in pencil and watercolour (29,2 x 18,1cm),
showing the inside of the Chartres Cathedral.
This artwork was given by TFS to William Ganson Rose.

 
 CHENONCEAUX



Novak 164, 1911
Château de Chenonceaux

 




2013
 
 CONCARNEAU (Brittany)



Novak 434, 1925
Boats at Concarneau
 



Concarneau 2013
Nowadays there is no church to see at this location.
Behind the houses is a space with ruins of a church.
Probably the artist used his fantasy in this print.

 


A painter at the harbour of Concarneau


The history of the harbour (text on English and French).

 


2013



 
FÉCAMP (NORMANDY)



Beach at Fécamp (Normandie)
Oil-painting, 1934
 



Beach at Fécamp, circa 1934
On the photo above Ivan Šimon (son of the artist) on the beach, who used to travel with his parents and
brother Pavel Šimon to Normandie.
 
 



Chalk cliffs at Normandy
Oil on canvas, 81,5 x 100 cm, 1934.

 



Normandy 2006
 MONT SAINT MICHEL (Normandy)



Novak 176, 1911
Le Mont Saint Michel in the Fog



2013

 
 



Novak 439, 1925
Le Mont Saint Michel in the evening

 



2013
MORLAIX (Brittany)



Novak 493, 1929
Nocturne in Morlaix, Brittany.



2013
 
PARIS



The house of T F Šimon in Paris, Ca.1912
 



2008
Rue Humboldt 25 (14th district of Paris). From ca.1926 on this street was called Rue Jean Dolent. In the thirties the small part of Rue Jean Dolent, in where this house is located, got the name Rue Verhaeren. This is the present name for the small alley in where the house is located. A French couple was so kind to give the opportunity to make an image from out of a window of their house.

 




 
Vilma Šimonova and daughter Eva.
 In the atelier. Ca 1912.
 



Novak 56, 1907
Quai Montebello, Paris

 




2008
 
 



Novak 73, 1908
Pont Marie, Paris

 



2008
 
The Pont Marie was one of the group of three bridges designed to open up the Ile Saint Louis when its urbanisation began in the 17th century. It joins the island to the right bank and is the counterpart to the Pont de la Tournelle, along the same axis but on the left bank side. This system was completed by the Pont Saint Louis joining up with the Ile de la Cité. This bridge was the due to the obstinacy of the enterprising Christophe Marie, who as early as 1605 proposed its construction and after whom it is named. 


 

 




Novak 93, 1908
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 96, 1908
Notre-Dame de Paris in snow

 



2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda
 



Novak 99, 1909
Porte Saint-Martin, Paris

 




2008
 
 



Novak 101, 1909
Communicants at la Madeleine, Paris

 



2008
 
 



Novak 106, 1909
First flight of the aeroplane, Paris.

 




Postcard written by T F Šimon to his friend
and Czech artist Hugo Boettinger.


Reverse. 06.06.1910

 
 



Novak 1909, AP1
Communicants on the steps
of La Madeleine, Paris
 



2008



 








La Madeleine, Paris
(Collection TFS)


 

 



Novak 1909, AP2
Quai de la Tournelle in snow, Paris
 




2008



 



 







Quai de la Tournelle, Paris
(Collection TFS)
 
 



Novak 119, 1910
Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
 



2008

 


Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
(Collection TFS).

 


Photo Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
(Collection TFS).
 



Novak 129, 1910
Place de la Concorde, Paris
 



2008

 


Postcard written by T F Šimon, 1904
Place de la Concorde, Rue Royale and La Madeleine.

 
 



Novak 131, 1910
Porte St. Denis, Paris.
 



2008


 


Les petites Marchandés, Paris.
(Collection TFS)

 


Porte St. Denis, Paris.
(Collection TFS)
 
 



Novak 132, 1910
Boulevard Saint-Denis, Paris

 



2008


Postcard written by T F Šimon to
 the artist Hugo Boettinger, 1904

 
 



Novak 134, 1911
Apse of Notre-Dame de Paris



2008


 
 



Novak 170, 1911
Rosette of Notre-Dame de Paris

 



2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda

 
 



Novak 177, 1911
La Sainte Chapelle, Paris
 




2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda
 



 
The balcony and front door of  La Sainte Chapelle.
The entrance of the Chapel is on the first floor.
 



Novak 178, 1911
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

 





2008

 
 




 


Novak 185, 1912
Facade of Notre-Dame de Paris

 




2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda

 
 



Novak 187, 1912
Bourse des Valeurs

 



2008
 
 



Novak 193, 1912
Bourse des Valeurs

 





2008
 



Novak 203, 1913
Nocturne of Notre Dame, Paris

 



2008
 



Novak 220, 1914
Boulevard Saint-Martin in Winter

 




Summer 2008

 
 



Novak 225, 1914
Quai Voltaire, Paris

 






2008

 
 



Novak 227, 1914
Place Maubert, Paris
 




2008
 


Photo of Street R.F. Sauton, <1938.
(From Place Maubert to the River Seine,
where you can see Notre-Dame de Paris
).

 


 T F Šimon
(Drawing in pencil and watercolour)

 
 




Novak 240, 1916
Place du Chatelet
(Tour Saint-Jacques)

 


2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda

 
 



Novak 243, 1916
Rue Royale et la Madeleine

 





2008
 



Novak 244, 1916
Place de la Concorde
 




2008

 



 





Place de la Concorde
(Collection TFS)
 



Novak 246, 1916
Bouquinistes

 






2008
 



Novak 247, 1916
Jardin du Luxembourg

 



2008
 
 



Novak 249, 1916
Place de la Bastille

 



2008
The Opera on Place de la Bastille
 



Novak 348, 1921
Place the la Bastille, Paris

 



2008
The Opera on Place de la Bastille
 



Novak 349, 1921
Rue Royale and La Madeleine, Paris

 





2008

 
 



Novak 351, 1921
Place de l'Etoile in the rain, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 352, 1921
Notre-Dame de Paris in winter

 



2008
This picture is taken from the bridge
more close to Notre-Dame de Paris

 
 



Novak 353, 1921
Boulevard Saint-Denis, Paris

 



2008
 



Novak 357, 1921
Rag-dealers under the Pont Neuf

 



2008

 
 



Novak 370, 1922
Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
 



2008

 
 






Novak 371, 1922
Quai aux fleurs, Paris
 



2008

 



 
Quai aux Fleurs.
Photo, ca. 1922
(Collection TFS)
 
 



Novak 372, 1922
Rue Saint Jacques, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 373, 1922
Rue Mouffetard in the morning, Paris

 



2008

 
 


Novak 374, 1922
Antiquarian Booksellers at Notre-Dame de Paris

 



2008

 
 






Novak 375, 1922
Porte Saint-Denis, Paris

 


2008

 
 



Novak 377, 1922
Rose window of  Notre-Dame de Paris

 





2008
 






Novak 380, 1922
Court du Dragon, Paris


Court du Dragon (Demolished)
(Entrance from Rue de Rennes in Paris).

 


Entrance of Court du Dragon, Paris (Rue de Rennes, 1925)

 
 



Novak 385, 1923
Notre-Dame de Paris in Twilight

 



2008
 
 



Novak 386, 1923
Pont Marie in winter

 



2008
(Enlarged quay-road)

 
 



Novak 387, 1923
Eglise Saint Eustache

 



2008

 
 



Novak 397, 1924
Quai Saint-Michel, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 398, 1924
Pont Neuf, La Cité
 



2008

 
 



Novak 399, 1924
Near Saint Eustache, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 400, 1924
Bourse du Commerce, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 401, 1924
Sous le Pont-Neuf, Paris

 



2008
 



Novak 402, 1924
Quai des Orfęvres, Paris

 



2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda
 
 



Novak 403, 1924
Quai Malaquai, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 407, 1924
Apse of Notre-Dame in winter

 



2008
 
 



Novak 408, 1924
Quai d'Anjou, Paris
 




2008

 
 



Novak 1924, AP1
Bookstalls and Notre-Dame in Paris

 




2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda
 



Novak 429, 1925
Rue Royale in the rain

 






2008
 



Novak 430, 1925
Quai de la Tournelle in autumn

 



2008

 
 



Novak 432, 1925
Notre-Dame de Paris in Winter

 



2008

 
 



Novak 435, 1925
Place de la Concorde, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 438, 1925
Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 1925, AP1
Booksellers on the Quai des Grands Augustins

 



2008

 
 



Novak 442, 1926
Pont Sully in Winter

 




Old postcard
(The bridge does not exist anymore)
 
 



Novak 443, 1926
By the Seine in Winter, Paris

 




2008

 
 



Novak 444, 1926
The old Bibliophile, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 1926, AP2
Petit Pont

 






2008
(A roof to make the road wider)

 
 



Novak 1926, AP3
Les Halles and l'Eglise Saint-Eustache, Paris
 




2008


Les Halles, Paris
(Collection TFS)
 


Le Marché dans la Rue, Paris
(Collection TFS)
 


Postcard written by T F Šimon, 1910
Les Halles et l'Église Saint-Eustache.
Enlarge

 
 



Novak 454, 1927
Eglise Saint-Gervais in Winter, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 455, 1927
Pont Saint-Michel, Paris

 



2008
 
 



Novak 464, 1927
Notre-Dame de Paris in the Evening

 




2008
 



Novak 475, 1928
Entrée du Louvre, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 477, 1928
Fireworks in Paris



2008
On the left you see the building 
'La  Conciergerie'.
(Palace of Justice)
 


Palace of Justice
Postcard written by T F Šimon. 1906

 
 



Novak 494, 1929
Antiquarian Bookseller at Notre-Dame de Paris

 







2008

 
 



Novak 504, 1929
Notre-Dame de Paris in the Rain

 



2008

 
 



Novak 506, 1929
Rue Saint-Jacques, Paris

 



2008

 
 



Novak 532, 1932
Arc de Triomphe, Paris



2008
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda

 
REIMS



Novak 308
Reims 1919. Cathedral

Reims
 

2008
Cathedral of Our Lady of Rheims
(Notre-Dame de Reims)
 



Novak 309
Reims 1919, Over a ruined city

 




2008
Place Royal

 
 
 


Novak 310
Reims 1919. South tower of the Cathedral

 




2008.
Rue d'Anjou
 



Novak 311
Reims 1919. Ruined Cathedral

 



2008
 



Novak 313
Reims 1919, Place d'Erlon??

 




2008
 'Place d'Erlon'

 
 



Novak 314
Reims 1919. An alley with the Cathedral

 



2008
Rue de Tresor
 
 



Novak 315
Reims 1919. Remains of old Gates.
(Back of the Gate).

 


 







 

1919
Photo: Travel guide 'Michelin (1920).

2008
Front of the 16th-century Chapter's Gate (Rue Carnot) that leads to an inner-cour close to the Cathedral of Reims.

 


 

 



Novak 316
Reims 1919. In ruďns.

 



2008
Rue du Serail
 
 



Novak 323
Cathedral of Reims after the war


 



2008
Cathedral
More of Reims
TOURS



Novak 1911, AP1
Inside the Cathedral of Tours (France)
 








2013


Novak 196, 1912
Cathedral of Tours

 








2013
(In reverse)
 
ITALY
 
ROME



Novak 600, 1933
Arco Trionfo on the Forum, Rome
Arch of Septimus Severus (Roman Emperor)

 



2008
Photo by Hana Rezkova

 
 



Novak 601, 1933
Arco Tito on the Forum, Rome

 



2008
Photo by Hana Rezkova

 
VENICE



Novak 52, 1906
Palazzo di Desdemona, Venice


 



Photo of Palazzo di Desdemona, < 1938
(Collection TFS)
M0ROCCO
 
TANGER



Postcard (1913)


Photo: Vilma and daughter Eva.

 




Postcard sent from Tanger

Dear Hugo,
we went to Tanger after all and we don't regret it since it is marvellous, truly biblical world of Arabs and Muslims of Africa here. These are the most spectacular impressions during our trip - whole Spain is nothing and "swindle" beside this. One feels completely out of Europe and like in the days of Christ here. I think that India cannot give more. Sincere regards from us all.
Tanger 18/IV. 1913 The Simons.
(Translation: Zbynek Svoboda)
 


 

 



Tanger 1913  (photo in black and white).
This oil painting shows in the background the tower of the old Mosque and in front the palace of Justice.
 

The old Mosque
 
2011



Postcard from 1913

 





2011
 

The old Mosque


2011

 

 


Novak 1918 AP1






Drawing 1913



It is difficult to trace the exact location of the view on the oil painting and print Novak 1918 AP1. The location has changed very much since the artist was in Tanger.

To get an impression we show the photo on the right: The Square in Tanger with a fountain where in the past was located the big (Socco) market. The market is moved about ten years ago. On the image you can see two gates, one in the left corner and one in the background that leads to a huge covered colourful market where people are selling fruit and other products nowadays.



Inside the (Socco) Market
 



Socco in Tanger. Oil-painting (1913).




A similar gate in Tanger

 


Postcard 1913. Socco (market) of Tanger seen from Medina Gate.

 
 



Tanger, Medina Gate (1913). Oil painting
(photo in black and white).








Formerly square of (Socco) the market
and Medina Gate in the background.
 




2011
A part of the inner side of the gate is broken off.



 
 



Novak 201
Arab stalls in Tangier

 



2011
 
 



Novak 205, 1913
Arab Stall in Tanger

 




2011
 

Novak 205, 1913.
Arab Stall in Tanger (detail).

 

2011
 



The artist was in 1913 in Tanger,
 this print is listed in the catalogue as Novak 1926 AP1

 



The location of the print does not exist anymore.
The photo shows a similar situation in the oldest part of the town.
People in this area do not want you to make photo's more close.
 
 




Drawing (1913)



 

 
 
 
 


2011




 

NETHERLANDS
 
AMSTERDAM

Parts of two letters written by T.F. Šimon to his wife Vilma.
Translation into English in 2003 by Mr. Ivan Šimon (1914-2009), son of the artist.

Amsterdam, Victoria Hotel.
Mai 15, 1912------------------I will stay here still longer (perhaps 14 days) and give my best efforts to my work, which will be my only consolation. These days a representative of the Dorens (a very pleasant man) took me around
Amsterdam – through sections I never dreamed of – some sort of ghetto- from which I expect to gain some inspiration--------------------

Mai 22------------- These days I was showing to Dorens and his representative my work, drawings, oil-sketches, and colour drawings and we agreed on the selection of subjects. Now it remains to produce the designs for the copper plates. I have already one almost finished and I want to produce at least one more, so that I would not need to come back here from
Paris.. As I wrote you; they (the Dorens) are quite good people, businessmen of course, but of quite different kind, say the Petits or other French businessmen. Surprisingly, they are understanding, they give me complete freedom in the choice of my subjects and the way of rendering it and they do not ask for (as I expected it) some well known views of Amsterdam, rather then letting me to do some intimate, unusual subjects. I worked a lot these days and I will have a lot of material for both the colour as well as the black etchings. For the black ones, I was most impressed by the Jewish quarter, the people as well the character of the little streets. If we stay in Paris this summer I hope to finish some of these etchings in addition to the colour ones which were ordered.--------------------



Amsterdam 'Nieuwmarkt'. 1912
 'Place du Marché Amsterdam'
(Drawing in pencil and aquarel, signed TFS 1912).

 



2007
 



Damrak. 1909
(Photo from reproduction)
(Drawing. Signed TFS and dated 1909)

 



2009
Damrak
Taken out of a window of Victoria Hotel in Amsterdam.
 
 



Zaandam. 1909

A drawing in pencil, signed in pencil Zaandam FS, showing the windmill called ‘Sint Willibrordus '(also called 'Verdwaalde boer'), situated at ‘Het Kalf” in Zaandam (Holland). On the background you can see the mill called ‘Oranjeboom’. The windmill St. Willibrordus was built in 1669 as an oil-windmill and since 1892 used as a peeling mill. In 1938 the windmill was demolished to its base.  

 









Zaandam.
This photo was taken by the artist himself on a trip to Holland starting the 20's. All the windmills on the photo are now demolished.

The yard of the mill 'Sint Willibrordus'  is nowadays situated on the terrain of factory Gerkens-cacao. 




Region of Zaandam (Noord-Holland)
Photos were taken by the artist himself

 


Region of Zaandam


Typical landscape of the region
 
 



Novak 104, 1909 
Old harbour, Amsterdam.
(Damrak) 
 



2007

 


'Damrak'. 1935

 

Novak 104, 1909
Old harbour, Amsterdam.
(in reverse)

 
 



Novak 116, 1909
Canal in Amsterdam
 



2008
This image is taken from a small bridge.
View from 'Spooksteeg (Ghost-alley)' to 'Het Kolkje'.
This location is the oldest part of
Amsterdam
     
   

Novak 116, 1909
Canal in Amsterdam
(in reverse)

 
 



Novak 117, 1909
Old houses of A'dam. 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(Back of Zeedijk 48,
Also called 'Rottenest').

 



Whistler (1834-1903)
The balcony, Amsterdam. (K405iii)1889.
(Oudezijds Achterburgwal).
 

Whistler
made the print 'The balcony, Amsterdam'  in 1889, when he spent two months in the Netherlands. In fact, the artist visited this country several times. He found the rivers and canals inspiring and was especially enthralled by Amsterdam. In a series of prints he reordered his favourite parts of the city: the picturesque canals of the slum areas with their dilapidated houses and rows of washing lines. Whistler depicted the city form the water. He sailed around on a boat and recorded what he saw from his low perspective: the water, the quayside and the basements of the canal-side houses. Inspired by Rembrandt's etchings, Whistler breathed new life into the art form. He experimented with a range of etchings. Whistler's Amsterdam etchings influenced several other artists, including the Dutch artists Witsen and Breitner (who recorded his impressions of the city in photo's and paintings) and the Czech artist T.F.Šimon (who visited the Whistler exhibition in London in 1905). Obviously is the influence of Whistler in Šimon 's artwork 'Old houses of Amsterdam'.

The painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), born as James Abbot Whistler, visited the Netherlands on a number of occasions between 1863 and 1903. Whistler was an American by birth but lived in Paris and London. He visited Amsterdam, Dordrecht and various places on the island of Walcheren, and made prints of many scenic spots he discovered by boat. One of the first artist to work from a low perspective, he was not primarily interested in famous buildings but rather the hidden corners of the old, dilapidated city centre.

 



Ca. 1915. Oudezijds Achterburgwal 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(Back of Zeedijk 48)

 



1890
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
Photo: George Hendrik Breitner
(Dutch painter and photographer)
 
 



Novak 212, 1913
Old Canal.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal

 



2007

Novak 212, 1913
Old Canal. Oudezijds Achterburgwal

 

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, 2007

 
 



Novak 326, 1920
Snow in Amsterdam 
(Stromarkt' and 'Koepelkerk).

 





2010

Amsterdam / Stromarket (Haymarket) and Koepelkerk (Domechurch), Ca.1910
Photo: George Hendrik Breitner (Dutch painter and photographer).

 
DORDRECHT



Novak 183, 1912
Harbour of Dordrecht, Holland



 



2011

 

 

POLAND
Photos by Zbyněk Svoboda
KRAKOW




Novak 16, 1905
Square in Krakow



2009

 



Novak 16 (in reverse)
T.F. Šimon was in Krakow in 1905.
Drawing in a sketchbook
Signed FS 05 and Krakov

 



Woman selling flowers
Drawing in a sketchbook
Signed FS and Krakov 1905
 
 



Novak 31, 1905
In Krakow
Entrance to the Cloth-Hall
 



This building was erected in 1257, it has been renovated and enlarged several times (most recently in 1879). Nowadays on the first floor is situated the Polish National Museum of Art. 


 



Novak 31, 1905
In Krakow
Entrance to the Cloth-Hall
Drawing in a sketchbook
Signed FS 05

 

 




2009

 

 



The Tower of the Town Hall in Krakow
(The town hall is demolished in 1820)
Drawing in a sketchbook
Signed FS 05

 



2009
 



Krakow. St. Barbara's Church
Drawing in a sketchbook.
Signed FS 05



 

2009



 
SLOVAKIA



Novak 368, 1922 
Popradske Pleso (Lake Poprad, Tatra, Slovakia)

 



2007
Photo by Zbyněk Svoboda

 

Novak 368, 1922 
Popradske Pleso (Lake Poprad, Tatra, Slovakia)
 


Popradske Pleso (Lake Poprad, Tatra, Slovakia)
photo-max

 
 



Novak 384, 1923
Orava Castle, Slovakia. 



Orava Castle, Slovakia. 
Photo by the Slovak
photographer Karel Plicka, ca.1953.

 
 



Novak 1923, AP2
Orava Castle, Slovakia. 

 




Photo by the Slovak photographer
 Karel Plicka, ca.1953.
 



Novak 409, 1924
Square in Kremnica, Slovakia.

 




2008
Photo by Zbyněk  Svoboda

 
 



Novak 410, 1924
Strecno Castle, Slovakia. 
 

Photo by the Slovak photographer
 Karel Plicka, ca.1953.



Strecno Castle on the river Vah (Slovakia)
Oil on canvas (1924). Signed T.F. Šimon .
The first owner of this painting was
the Czech composer and violist Josef Suk (1874 – 1935).


Photo by the Slovak photographer
 Karel Plicka, ca.1953.



 
 



Novak 589, 1932
Strecno na Vahu
(Strecno Castle on the river Vah)



 



 2008
Photo by  Zbyněk Svoboda
SPAIN
 
Granada/ Alhambra



Novak 213, 1913
Alhambra in Granada (Spain)
 

2011
Photo by Rocío and José Mariá Flores Velasco
 Ronda
 



View of Ronda. Oil painting (1913).

 


2011
 
 



Drawing (1913) of Ronda and the bridge Puente Nuevo .

 


2011
 
 



Novak 206, 1913
Puente Nuevo at Ronda
The bridge was finished in 1793.
It took 42 years to built the bridge.
Architect: José Martin de Aldehuela (1729-1802).

 

2011
In the chasm are ruins of  houses and mills.


 
 


Novak 216, 1914
Andalusians in Ronda
(The background of this print is a fantasy).

 

2011
Arena of Ronda
 
 



Novak 230, 1914
Don Quichote in front of the Castle

 



2011
The print by the artist is a fantasy, he used several motifs of Ronda. There are three bridges spanning the canyon: Puente Viejo ("Old Bridge", also known as the Puente Romano "Roman bridge", Puente Arabe "Arab bridge" and Puente Nuevo ("New bridge"). You see Don Quichote and Sancho Panzo on their horses on the Arab bridge and the Roman bridge in the background, the third "Puente Nuevo" connecting the old- with the new town. It is not possible to see the three bridges at the same time as in Simon's print.
 

 


2011
View from the Arab bridge to the Roman bridge

 





Arab bridge 2011
 Sevilla



The tower of Sevilla. Drawing (1913).

 

2011

 

Oil painting by Nicolás Jiménez Alpériz (1865-1928).
"Vista de Sevilla"



 
USA
 
NEW YORK

Novak 1927, AP2
Under the Brooklyn Bridge, New York



1926
(Photo-Collection TFS)




 





 



 

Brooklyn Bridge, 1926
(Photo-Collection TFS)

 



Novak 499, 1929
Harbour of New York City
 



2008




 
 

You can find information about the prints and locations
on the catalogue raisonné by Arthur Novak
and on the page with notes to the catalogue.




 
                                                          
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