Herman Gustav Simon
(American, born Germany, 1846–c. 1897)
Landscape with a Mill
Oil on canvas, 28 × 50 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: “H. Simon”/18[7?]3”
Herman Gustav Simon was born in Schlietz, Saxony, Germany, and immigrated with his family to Philadelphia in 1848. He studied at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia with Robert Wylie
(1834–1877) and then with George F. Bensell (1837–1879) and Henry C. Bispham
(1841–1882). He first exhibited at the Academy in 1863, and showed there
between 1876 and 1887. Simon began to specialize in sporting subjects, several
of which were included in the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. He also exhibited
at the Philadelphia Society of Artists from 1879 to 1881, and again in 1884.
Late in his career he exhibited at the Boston Art Club from 1892 to1896 and at
the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Academy of Design in 1897.
Simon’s most celebrated painting, The Pigeon Shoot (1879, Philadelphia
Gun Club), was included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition “Philadelphia, Three Centuries of American Art” in 1976.
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