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Burgundian Peasants

© estate of Josef Herman. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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Josef Herman travelled to Burgundy, France in 1952–1953. Upon discovering the village of la Rochepot, he basked in 'a fortnight of bright autumn days, and nights lit by a red moon’. This drawing recalls his first encounter with the villagers. The morning after his arrival, the area was still cloaked in deep fog but Herman could just make out 'the silhouettes of people of a horse and cart behind them.' The peasant was an enduring motif for Herman, observed on his wide travels abroad, whether in France, Spain or Mexico. In his autobiography, 'Related Twilights: Notes from an artist's diary', he explained the appeal of this avowed preference: 'the peasant is a type, but also an individual. From their very postures one can sense a world of silent expression.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



Burgundian Peasants




pen, ink & wash on paper


H 19 x W 24.3 cm

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Acquisition method

presented by Mrs Scott, 1954

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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