- Naomi Simon
- oil on canvas
- 54 x 44 cm
signed lower right: N.B. Simon
- Stock Number
According to the Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Naomi Simon trained at King’s College for Women, London; Hammersmith School of Art; and the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. From 1898 she showed her work at a number of art institutions around the United Kingdom including The Society of Women Artists; Glasgow Institute of Fine Art; The Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Dudley Art Gallery; Walker Gallery (London and Liverpool); Manchester City Art Gallery; The International Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers and Coolings and Sons.
She showed three works at the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy, London, exhibiting a landscape and a portrait in 1923 (Winter in Kensington and Miss E.M. Simon) and a painting in 1924 titled The Artist’s Studio (cat. no. 673).
We can speculate that this may perhaps be that painting or one similar; a confident and striking depiction of herself as artist, boldly holding the viewer’s eye from behind her canvas, brushes clutched in hand. Her stylish costume and hairdo, along with the decorative screen behind her provide enigmatic clues to a reputable artist somewhat lost to us today.