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Sali Herman was born in Zurich, Switzerland on 12 February 1898 of Polish
He studied at Zurich Technical School 1916-18 and became an art dealer travelling extensively in Europe, Africa
and South America, before arriving in Melbourne in 1937.
He studied art under George Bell in 1937 and moved to Sydney in 1938.
During the second world war he joined the AIF in 1941, serving in the camouflage section, then with the 3rd
Royal Australian Engineers, and in 1945 as an official war artist.
He painted landscapes, still life and portraiture, but became known for his streetscapes of Sydney which caused
controversy in the 1940s when angry detractors dubbed them `slumscapes'.
His paintings convey the particular joy and magic Herman found in his immediate surroundings. He died in Sydney
on 3 April 1993, aged 95.
House On The Hill
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