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A Group of Seagulls by Josef Herman

A Group of Seagulls by Josef Herman

Constant sketching and drawing in pencil or pen and ink was a vital part of Herman's art practice. He rapidly captured the essence of the subject matter, whether in the streets of a village or underground in the mines as the basis for later paintings or as a simple daily discipline. (Large collections of Herman's drawings are held in the archives of the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.)

In this example he quickly records his observations of the shape and movement of gulls.