Oil on Canvas 1930
as born in 1904 near Dresden. He was a worker in a glass
production factory before studying at the Dresden Art Academy.
In 1930 he left the Academy to join the KPD (German Communist
a prolific painter, became well known for his portrait works.
His art fell into the category of the Neue Sachlichkeit,
or "New Objectivity" school. The term applied
to all artworks that represented social and economic realities
in a realistic and unsentimental manner.
painting titled, Demonstration, portrays a militant
worker's march. The artwork is actually a self portrait
- with Querner being the fellow wearing the dark blue shirt.
painted himself standing next to fellow painter, Wilhelm
Dodel. In February, 1945, the allied air raids on Dresden
destroyed Querner's studio and with it a large portion of
his works. The artist died in 1976. Though he is little
recognized in the US, things are different in Germany. 2004
marked the 100 anniversary of the artist's birth, and galleries
and museums across Germany showed his works.