"Dominique" is uniquely Isaac Maimon, with masterful lines and inspired strokes of color in bold paean to the women of Parisian "boulevard culture" - cultured, stylish, sensual and beautiful, with their subtle curves, their mysterious smiles and their impeccable fashions. His paintings capture the French cafe culture that so intrigued Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard and other artists. A large work measuring 29.5" x 23.5" sight and 40" x 34" in ornate, gilded wood frame, double matted, without glass. In excellent condition.
Isaac Maimon was born in Israel in 1951 to French-speaking parents. He did his required military service and then studied at the Avni Institute of Fine Art in Tel Aviv - Israel's most prestigious academy for the arts - where he was exposed to the Paris school. Maimon began to adore the work of such famed French painters as Toulouse-Lautrec and Matisse. He also found motivation in the work of his fellow Israelis, taking additional inspiration from painters Haim Kiva and Moshe Rosenthalis during his studies.
Maimon's art career continued as he developed his skill. In 1980, he began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in Beer-Sheeba and later that year the Kaye Art Academy. He was also a professor at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheeba in the late 1980s.
During this time, Maimon learned about coffee house management and bought a pub and ran a restaurant. His second career as a restaurateur and pub owner also helped foster his artistic talents. On breaks from tending bar and managing day-to-day operations of his business, he was often found sitting at a back table sketching the cafe patrons, interpreting the thoughts and feelings from their expressions and postures. He would sketch from life in the cafe and go back to the studio to put color to the ideas on canvas. "I have always been attracted to the atmosphere of coffee houses," he says. "I try to recreate this in my paintings."
"I am inspired by beautiful women and the human form in general," he explains. "I see that there is beauty in every human being, and I am inspired to bring that beauty to my paintings."
His work was 'discovered' in 1989 by Talking Walls, an art publishing group in Israel, and they sponsored exhibitions for him in Israel and in New York at an International Art Exposition. From that time, he has had regular touring one-man exhibitions in America. He also has made a publishing house and distribution alliance with B & R International Art.