Josef Herman, RA 1911 - 2000

In Hermanís paintings of peasants working the fields his dark, solid figures dominate the landscape. These robust square forms embody latent strength and force every bit as much as the primitive tractors and threshing machines that sometimes share their world. Hermanís labourers are the human, living machines of the industries he depicts and in them we witness a quiet dignity and stoic attitude that only they possess. He once said ĎI do not need a war to make me think of heroism. It is our endurance of the every day.í
Herman's range is broad: still lifes and portraits mingle with working people and the mother and child motif. Seeking the truths of human experience, while expressing his abiding passion for landscape and townscape.

Ink and wash

Ink and wash

Peasant farmers
Ink and wash

Mexican labourers
Ink and wash

Ink and watercolour

Man and his dog
Mixed media
24 x 19cm

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