Isaac Maimon (Israeli, b. 1951) is a contemporary artist whose work straddles various styles and artistic movements. Born in 1951 in Tel Aviv, Maimon has loved art from an early age, and he studied art extensively in his home country of Israel. His artistic career did not take off right away, however, and he made his living by owning and running bars. His experiences in running bars, and especially in working as a bartender, exposed him to diverse personalities. This inspired him to paint scenes within bars and cafes, something he knows at a very deep and personal level.

Maimon’s Influences

In addition, he is influenced by a multitude of artists, though he cites Parisian artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the most influential on his artwork. Viewers can, however, clearly see visual similarities to artists as diverse as Edouard Manet (French, 1832 – 1883), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864 – 1901), and Henri Matisse (French, 1869 – 1954) on one hand, and Georges Braque (French, 1882 – 1963), Willem de Kooning (Dutch / American, 1904 – 1997), Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960 – 1988) and Itzchak Tarkay (Israeli, 1935 – 2012) on the other. The largest influence is certainly that of Fauvists like Matisse, as the bright coloration, visual brushstrokes, and expressive compositions of Maimon’s artworks find their inspiration in Fauvism.

Maimon’s Style

Isaac Maimon’s artwork has gone through multiple phases. His best known works are paintings of well-dressed women in Parisian cafes, often wearing large, floppy hats. Maimon’s palette is incredibly bright, using striking colors to draw in the viewer and create visual interest within his scenes. In addition, these colors lend emotion and feeling to his works, as different colors have different emotional values. Maimon also explores various aspects of geometry, making these café and bar scenes more or less geometric or abstracted. Most recently, Maimon has delved deeper into abstraction, showing monsters and dark figures, built up out of surreal and irrational forms. When viewed side-by-side with his Parisian café pictures, his newer style looks like the work of a different artist entirely.

Isaac Maimon Parisian Café Painting
Isaac Maimon, "Two Women at the Café". 20th century. Acrylic on Canvas.

Selling Maimon’s Work at Auction

Maimon produces many paintings and serigraphs (silkscreen / screenprints), and his work is well-collected. Nest Egg Auctions has sold both original paintings and prints by Maimon. In one painting, sold in 2019, we see women sitting in a Parisian café. Bright colors permeate the piece, with black outlines that define the quasi-abstracted painting. In this painting and others, Maimon deftly expresses the exciting glitz and glamor of café society in Paris.

Another painting sold by Nest Egg takes a different tack. While the scene is still of a Paris cafe, we see only one woman. She sits in her chair, looking over her left shoulder, while seated in the bar. Here, Maimon uses earth tones for much of the piece, limiting the bright, expressive use of colors like red and orange to flowers or the cocktail on the table. The effect is wildly divergent from the earlier painting: rather than the loud ostentation of the earlier piece, we are greeted by a quieter, more reserved expression of subdued refinement. Maimon’s expert handling of the same subject with two drastically different approaches demonstrates his immense talent and artistic vision.

Isaac Maimon Parisian Café Painting
Isaac Maimon, "Fashionable Lady at the Café". 20th century. Acrylic on Canvas.

Selling Maimon with Nest Egg Auctions

Nest Egg Auctions is always interested in selling the works of Isaac Maimon. Given his great talent and wide popularity, his works are attractive to collectors. If you have a painting or print by Isaac Maimon, we would love to see it! Please send us a photo, and we would be happy to discuss your Maimon masterpiece with you.