Maria Theresia Joanna Adelaīde Aurora Simons, short
Tilla, was born in Brasschaat on the 14 of August
1888 and deceased in Etterbeek near Brussels on the
10 of March 1969, exactly 50 years after the death of
her father Jan Frans Simons.
Frans Simons was not alone
her father, but at the same time also an experienced
artist. He taught his daughter his knowledge and experience with
heart and soul. Tilla Simons lived with love for
landscapes, the authenticity of nature and flowers,
which ones she perpetuated with oil paint. She was,
like her father also an excellent portraitpaintress.
She didn't understand
cubism, futurism and dadaism, which is written in an
article from a newspaper of 1922.
forms stand as far away from real art as the sky from
the earth, art is a brother of beauty and must be as
close by nature as possible".
Tilla wasn't committed by
the apostles of the new doctrines with their
declension of the naturally forms either, she didn't
like the thought that they were encouraged by the
musea, who opened their doors for these art forms.
expositions get overwhelmed with clamorous, absurd
paintings and colors, you can find the most
ridiculous composition acrobatics, the most incapable
and under the disguise of renewed or perfection
modern art with the thought it would be the saving of
this art, in reality it's majestic".
During World War I, more
than one woman of the new riches carried a signature
from Tilla Simons on her hat. Tilla painted many flowers at that
time and she specialized herself in the painting of
lady hats. At the same time, she also painted
admirable compositions, like colorful birds flying
between the leafs, picking in small fruits or playing
in a landscape, on silk and velvet.
The endless moor
the avenues with curved trees like cathedrals, the
woods with powerful echoes where nightingales and
other birds were singing out their gladness. The
flowers, princesses of creation with their party-colored
blossoms, an unspeakable beauty with its heart in the
crown of the flower, which seduces the bees forever.
The splendor of nature in
all his glory, living on paper, panel and / or canvas,
was the mission of life for... Tilla Simons.
An illustrated biography of
this artist, only written in Dutch, is published and
a couple of her works are available in a series of 6
postcards, both of them by the Jan Frans Simons
After her dead she
rests in peace in the family grave at the cemetery of Maria-Ter-Heide