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Josef Herman (1911-2000): Conflict and Sanctuary

Glynn Vivian Exhibition.

Josef Herman (1911-2000): Conflict and Sanctuary 53agv1984-31jherman.jpg
8 May 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
10.00AM. Ends at 5.00pm
This event is free.
Glynn Vivian
Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

Room 9

Local-global culture in the world today is bristling with conflict and war from which people seek to escape, often finding shelter in places like Swansea, a designated city of sanctuary.

The same was true for Josef Herman in the1940s, when he fled from Poland during the onset of WWII, settling in Ystradgynlais in 1944, where he was warmly welcomed and stayed for more than ten years.

Having studied art in Warsaw, Herman began to paint in his new surroundings, a close-knit coal-mining community, where he loved to capture the spirit of miners on their way home from work.

In 1951, Herman was commissioned to paint a mural for the 'Festival of Britain'. He made a large work entitled Miners, which is on display, the scale gently reinforcing Herman's deep respect for their dignity. He was awarded an OBE in 1981.

Television Programme

On 23 May 2017, at 9pm, Sky Arts will be presenting a programme dedicated to Josef Herman as part of their series, Tate Britain's Great British Walks.

Image: Josef Herman (1911-2000), Miner with Shovel, 1945, City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

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