Looking at the brightly colored, bold streaks of Isaac Maimon’s paintings, his muse is clear: the elegant Parisian cafe-goer. Maimon’s paintings evoke French cafe culture so superbly, it may come as a surprise to learn he was born in Israel, not France.

Isaac MaimonMaimon (pictured right) studied at Tel Aviv’s Avni Institute of Art & Design; as he developed his style, he became inspired by French painters like Henri Matisse as well as Israeli artists like Moshe Rosenthalis. His work as a restaurant owner enabled him to study patrons’ postures and movements – a mastery that’s evident in many of his paintings.

Here are nine of our favorite Maimon paintings, representing his range and iconic style.

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