Born in Poland in 1911 Herman left his place of Birth in 1938 under a cloud of Militarist Fascism, Herman a young Jewish intellect made his way to Brussels where he stayed for a period and was influenced by the Belgian expressionists which were a few events that would be a constant companion throughout his career. He moved onto Britain eventually albeit by accident as was intending to reach Canada, he travelled through Liverpool and Glasgow before settling in London.
In 1943 he held his first London exhibition with L. S. LowryIn 1981 Herman was awarded an OBE for services to British Art and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1990.
The majority ofHerman’s work is based around the human form, although occasionally one can come across a Still life of a flower or vase or a nice landscape. Joseph Herman's figures are of working men, nudes, portraits or Mothers and children. His Oil paintings, watercolours, pen & Inks, pencils and other media of work each contain an element of this artist's immense talent, a talent that has produced a body of work so rich in quality that it is sought after by collectors and held in high regard by the art world in general.
He died on February 2000.
You can read a more in-depth history of Josef Herman in our three-part blog series: Josef Herman - The Early Years. Part 1Part 2Part 3