Having studied in Zurich and Paris, Swiss-born Sali Herman arrived in Melbourne in 1937 as a mature post-impressionist artist. This did not prevent his attendance at the George Bell School nor his development of an authentically Australian urban style in Sydney, the city he made his home from 1938. Associated with a circle of artists around Kings Cross, notably William Dobell and intermittently Russell Drysdale, Herman devoted much of his career to representations of inner city architecture and life. His streetscapes of Paddington, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, Surry Hills and similarly venerable residential and light-industrial precincts form a catalogue of characteristic views comparable to those Maurice Utrillo made of Paris. Near the docks conveys the desultory, almost abandoned beauty of a down-at-heel neighbourhood - Herman's favourite motif.
Art Gallery Handbook 1999
oil on canvas on hardboard
50.7 x 96.8 cm board; 73.2 x 118.4 x 7.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "S.Herman.49".
Not on display
Shown in 10 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1949, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 1949–17 Feb 1950
Travelling Art Exhibitions 1952. Australian landscape painting:
The Arts Festival of the Olympic Games (1956), National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne, 18 Nov 1956–15 Dec 1956
Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-63):
Sali Herman retrospective:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Jul 1981–26 Jul 1981
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia Feb 1982–Mar 1982
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 09 Oct 1991–02 Nov 1991
- Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Launceston
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
- Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
- Albury Regional Gallery, Albury
The Artist and the City:
Images of Sydney and Environs 1850-1950 (1985), New South Wales House, London, Mar 1985–May 1985
Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
Kings Cross - Bohemian Sydney, Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Bay, 31 May 2003–21 Sep 2003
Referenced in 9 publications
Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 23 (illus.). cat.no. 26
Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 34 (illus.). cat.no. 37
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 156 (colour illus.).
Brian Ladd, The Artist & the City, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, Sydney, 1983, 5, 8 (colour illus.), 11-12. cat.no. 21
Tony Lenten, City art, Victoria, 1978, 40 (illus.), 105 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Sali Herman, Sydney, 1981, 52 (illus.). cat.no. 38
Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 27.
Clive Turnbull, Jean Campbell and Daniel Thomas, Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary, Adelaide, 1962, 44. cat.no. 127
The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. not paginated, cat.no. 136