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Sydney 1942



Sali Herman

Switzerland, Australia

12 Feb 1898 - 03 Apr 1993




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


91.8 x 137.4 cm stretcher; 110.0 x 155.1 x 3.4 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black (oil?) "S.Herman.81".


Gift of the artist 1981


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sali Herman

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Bettina Boss, The Swiss in New South Wales: a history, 'Three generations of painters: the Herman family', pg. 95, Sydney, 2012, 95 (colour illus.).

Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 186, 194, 195 (colour illus., detail), 300.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 82 (colour illus.).

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 65 (colour illus.).

Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue: Selections by Barry Humphries

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 29 (illus.).

Barry Pearce and Patrick McCaughey, Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara Series, Tokyo, 1985, 29 (colour illus.). 12

Barry Pearce, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Sali Herman', pg. 67-84, Sydney, 1991, 83 (colour illus.), 111. 61

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 6.

Barry Pearce, Sali Herman, 'Introduction', pg. 6-13, Sydney, 1981, frontispiece (colour illus.), 12, 86. 107

Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, 'harbourlife', pg. 7-32, Sydney, 2007, 55, 8, 13 (colour illus.).