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Born in Warsaw in 1911 into a working-class Jewish family, Josef Herman arrived in Britain in 1940, settling first in Glasgow and then in the South Wales mining village of Ystradgynlais. By the early 1950s, known mainly for his images of Welsh miners, he had established himself as a major figure in contemporary British art. Always interested in the dignity of labour, both industrial and rural, and in the depths of the human spirit, Herman expressed himself in simplified shapes and vivid colours.
oil on board
H 73.6 x W 90.2 cm
transferred from the Arts Council of Wales, 2002