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Although unfinished, the crude powerful brushstrokes of this work evoke a strong, distinct personality, and demonstrate his skill as a portrait painter. Born in Berlin in 1887, Hersch studied at the Berlin Art Academy, afterwards winning the prestigious Rome Prize and spending two years in Italy. He returned to Berlin and established a successful portrait practice, serving as an Official War Artist during the First World War, when his sitters included President Hindenburg.
oil on canvas on board
H 39 x W 35 cm
gift from John Denham, 1991