THE ART OF SYMEON SHIMIN by Tonia Shimin
This coffee-table style volume (9.6 x 0.7 x 11.7 inches) is an impressively informative presentation that clearly and effectively showcases the life and work of one of the 20th Century’s most gifted artists — and should be considered an essential and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university fine arts collections.–Midwest Book Review
The Art of Symeon Shiminpresents a striking collection of the fine art of this exceptional Russian born Jewish artist. Curated by the artist’s daughter, it is the first collection and overview of Shimin’s work. Including an autobiography by the artist, essays by noted arts journalists Josef Woodard and Charles Donelan, over 100 plates and archival photographs, this book showcases art of rare beauty and raw expression.Recognized as an award winning illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, two of his own authoring, Shimin, 1902-1984, was also one of the most highly regarded artists creating posters for Hollywood films, including the original poster for Gone With the Wind and the 40 ft. canvas for Solomon and Sheba. Most notably he was acclaimed for his masterpiece, the mural Contemporary Justice and the Child, commissioned in 1936-1940, by the PWAP, Public Works Arts Project, for the Department of Justice Building, Washington, DC, where it stands today. Chaim Gross stated in 1973, “Shimin is a painter who knows the craft of drawing and painting which in his hands becomes great art.” With paintings held in collections including the Chrysler Museum of Art, this is the first complete collection of his fine art.