circa 1920
oil on canvas
40 x 50 inches
51 x 61 inches framed
signed lower left

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A landscape and marine artist, George Symons was one of America’s more noted plein-air painters who combined styles of impressionism and realism. His best known works are New England snow scenes that are cited for their energy and simplicity.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1861, with the name of George Gardner Simon, but he changed his last name to Symons when he returned from study in England because of concern about anti-semitism. Not much is known about his early life. He first studied at the Chicago Art Institute where he became a close, life-long friend of William Wendt. They painted together in California and then in Cornwall, England in 1898. He also studied in Paris, and Munich and London, and joining a colony of artists at St. Ives, adopted the plein-air techniques of Julius Olsson, Adrian Stokes, and Rudolph Hellwag.

Symons was well traveled even by today’s standards, and simultaneously maintained studios in both California and New York.