An image of Near the docks

Sali Herman

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

Near the docks

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

Year
1949
Media
Painting
Medium
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