In the 1940s, Artist Josef Herman, who locally was known as “Joe Bach”, settled in Ystradgynlais. Originally from Poland, he was a refugee and immigrant, fleeing persecution by the fascists in Poland during WW2. He travelled through Europe for six years and finally found solace in our small community of Ystradgynlais. Here he created what he thought of as some of his most important and definitive pieces.
The Tate Gallery and the Joseph Herman Foundation have worked together to make available online, a collection of Herman’s Sketches and Drawings, often depicting life in Ystradgynlais in the 1940’s and 50’s