Gertrude Hermes 1901-1983
P77069 Two People1934
Wood engraving 508 x 305 (20 x 12) on wove paper 632 x 432 (24 7/8 x 17) ; watermark ‘BRITISH EMBLEM | MADE IN ENGLAND' plus a rose motif; printed and published by the artist in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘Two People 19/30' below image b.l. and ‘Gertrude Hermes 1934' below image b.r.
Purchased from the artist's daughter Judy Russell (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Leon Underwood, whose art school Hermes attended in the 1920s, had begun to purchase examples of African sculpture in London from 1919 and by the 1920s he had amassed a significant collection. It caused him to reassess his formal, emotional and spiritual approach to the human figure, and this naturally affected his teaching…