Josef HermanSeven Separate Sketches c.1958

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Artist
Josef Herman (1911‑2000)
Title
Seven Separate Sketches
Date c.1958
MediumGraphite and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 225 x 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1981
Reference
T03198
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Josef Herman 1911-2000

fromStudies for ‘The Pit Pony’
Seven Separate Sketches c.1953-5

T03198

Pencil and ink on cream wove paper 227 x 176 (8 7/8 x 6 7/8)

Inscribed on back in pencil ‘582’ bottom right

Presented by the artist 1981

Exhibited:
Josef Herman: Retrospective Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, January-March 1980 (85a as ‘The Pit Pony Preliminary drawings ... Sheet of seven studies for the composition’)

Literature:
Tate Gallery Acquisitions 1980-2, London 1984, pp.126-8, reproduced p.127

The peculiar scheme of Seven Separate Sketches was worked out at least by the time of the application of the ink and perhaps before, as a dividing grid in pencil is easily discernible. This somewhat unexpected arrangement, especially when taken in conjunction with Herman’s realism and the distinct differences between each of the images, lends the whole sheet a narrative quality akin to a cartoon. Presumably this effect was unintentional… (read more)

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