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An image of Near the docks by Sali Herman

Sali Herman

(Switzerland, Australia 12 Feb 1898 – 03 Apr 1993)

Title
Near the docks
Year
1949
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions

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".
Credit
Purchased 1949
Accession number
8278
Copyright
© AGNSW
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (9)

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

Editor Unknown (Editor), 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

Exhibition history (10)

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):

One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Various, 1968–1969

Sali Herman retrospective:

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