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Josef Herman

Head of a Miner, Oil on paper laid on canvas, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council (1966), ©The Estate of Josef Herman


Creating and observing art has been an escape and a realisation for many of us and in Josef Herman’s (1911-2000) Head of a Miner, we can truly relate and connect to the subject, deep in thought and observation. Herman, a highly regarded Polish-British painter, often focussed on panting workers whilst threading political notions throughout. He was among more than a generation of eastern European Jewish artists who emigrated to escape persecution and worked abroad, spending eleven years in a mining community in South Wales before finally settling in London.