Ben Uri collection

Verso of a Postcard

Artist information

Name Josef Herman (1911-2000)

Born Warsaw, Poland

Died London, England

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Painter and draughstman Josef Herman was born into a Jewish, working-class family in Warsaw in 1911. He studied at Warsaw School of Art and Decoration (1930-31), and first exhibited in his native city in 1932. He left Poland for Brussels in 1938 and arrived in Glasgow in 1940, where he was reunited with fellow Polish artist Jankel Adler, whom he had known briefly in Warsaw. Together the two artists contributed to a resurgence of the Scottish arts scene during this period. Herman moved to London in 1943, prior to his relocation to the Welsh mining village of Ystradgynlais (1944-55), which gave rise to his best-known body of work focusing on the Welsh miners and their community. His work was included in the South Bank Festival of Britain Exhibition. He exhibited widely including Lefevre (with L S Lowry, 1943), Roland, Browse & Delbanco (1946, 1948, 1952, then regularly until 1975), Ben Uri (with Bloch, 1949), Geffrye Museum (with Henry Moore, 1954), Whitechapel (1956), Camden Arts Centre (1980), National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (1989), Abbot Hall, Kendal (2005), and many exhibitions with Flowers and Flowers East Galleries. His work is represented in many collections including London (Tate, V&A), Wales (National Museum), Scotland (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art); as well as in Canada, Australia, Israel, South Africa and New Zealand.

Object Details

Object type printed material

Acquisition gift from Gustav Delbanco 1988

Accession number 1988-24ii

Display status not on display


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