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Still life



Sali Herman

Switzerland, Australia

12 Feb 1898 – 03 Apr 1993

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil, newspaper collage on canvas
    89.0 x 91.7 cm stretcher; 107.9 x 110.6 x 5.7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated bot. c., black oil "S.Herman 40".

    Purchased with funds provided by Bond Street City Freeholds Ltd 1989
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Sali Herman Estate

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  • About

    'He is aware that colour also has its architecture. So each of his paintings has its relations of warm and cool colour, of dark to light tones, of flat to modulated surfaces, of rough to smooth textures.'
    Bernard Smith, 1948

    Sali Herman arrived in Melbourne in 1937, well versed in contemporary art practices of the era, having viewed modern paintings in Switzerland and France. Forthright and articulate with ideas about painting, he strove to make a contribution to the modern movement in Australian art.

    'Still life' encapsulates Herman's vision, presenting the viewer with an abstract composition executed in paint and collage. The work depicts a fishing boat on the shore with the day’s catch on the sand, set in an ambiguous space. The incised netting and fish scales add visible texture to the work, while the newspaper fragment adhered directly to the canvas points to cubist influences.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Still life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jul 2013–23 Apr 2014

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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