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Miners Singing

© estate of Josef Herman. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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A refugee from Poland, Herman spent the decade 1944–1954 in Ystradgynlais where he painted his best-known works of mining themes. This is a study for his greatest painting, the monumental Miners, executed for the Pavilion of Minerals of the Island at the 1951 Festival of Britain. The artist began with the figure with an upraised arm at the left, only subsequently making narrative sense of its pose by incorporating it with a group of singers.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil & crayon on board with plaster


H 43.5 x W 121.6 cm

Accession number

NMW A 1674

Acquisition method

purchased, 1992

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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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