Josef Herman RA

Josef Herman was born in Warsaw in 1911. The son of a Jewish cobbler, he was a painter, draughtsman and writer. He studied at the Warsaw school of Art for 18 months between 1929 and 1931 before dropping out to become a graphic designer. He spent time in Brussels following the Nazi invasion of Poland, where he was influenced by Permeke. In 1940 he moved to Britain and lived in London, Glasgow and South Wales where he had a studio in the mining village of Ystradgynlais for over a decade. He embarked on a series of sombre-hued paintings and ink drawings of retrospectives at the Whitechapel art gallery. He lived in London from 1953 but travelled widely and although he is best known for his depiction of working life including land workers, peasants and mining scenes he also produced still lifes and landscapes. In 1975 he published his autobiography "Related Twilights". He was awarded an OBE in 1981 and in 1990 was elected to the Royal Academy. Josef Herman died in 2000.

Red Sun
Lithograph signed
43 x 38 cm
395 framed

Lithograph printed by Curwen Press 1965
75 x 51 cm
A copy of this print is at The Tate

Mother and child
Lithograph from original pastel drawings printed in limited edition of 75 in 1997
61 x 51cm
395 framed

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