titled (upper right); signed, titled and dated ‘1943’ on backboard
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Where to Now?, 1943
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: The Impact of War, 15 October 2014 – 4 January 2015;
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Drawing On, 21 March – 7 June 2015
Josef Herman’s monumental, sculptural figures are painted in sombre tones, emphasising the world weary nature of their journey. His subjects are almost always working people, miners and field labourers; they are however at the same time strong and stoic, almost at one with the landscape. Born in Warsaw, the son of a Jewish cobbler, Herman left Poland and settled in the Welsh mining village of Ystradgynlais in 1944.