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Simon Michael (American, 1905-2002), "Raiding The Trash", ca. 1980, acrylic on canvas

Simon Michael (American, 1905-2002), "Raiding The Trash", ca. 1980, acrylic on canvas

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Signed and titled on reverse, unframed


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Estate of the Artist, Rockport, Texas


Height 28 in. x Width 22 in. (sight)

About The Artist:

Simon Michael was an American artist who lived and worked in Texas. After travelling the world, Michael settled in Rockport, Texas, where he was considered a proponent of the South Texas art scene. In 1948, Michael started the Simon Michael School of Fine Art in Rockport, where he became a well-respected teacher. Michael's illustrative style is characterized by scenes from nature and use of rich colors. Through painting, Michael sought to convey that even the simplest life experiences can hold new adventures. He did not paint in a realist, or true to life style, but valued spontaneity and included unexpected colors and details in his works.

To honor the local artist, Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas, named its art gallery after Michael and in 2006, the Rockport Center of the Arts held a retrospective of his work. Michael was the subject of the book Simon Michael: the Man, the Artist, the Teacher by Dorothy Cosper Kucera published in 1988.

"Raiding the Trash" shows a group of stray animals rifling through a dumpster. Each dog and cat is rendered in Michael's characteristic expressive, broad brushstrokes. Michael expertly captures the small details of the cat's eyes as well as the large musculature of the central dog. The group is illuminated by an otherworldly glow of twilight in the alley, giving the scene a strange, surreal feeling. This is a fine example of how Michael turns a rather mundane scene into an intriguing subject.


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Simon Michael (American, 1905-2002), "Raiding The Trash", ca. 1980, acrylic on canvas

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