I came across a new artist the other day. Well, at least he’s new to me. Curt Querner was a German painter, who worked around the time of the start of World War II.
What caught my interest in Querner’s work was the character of the faces he painted. His compositions are simple, but there is a sharpness and coldness in the people’s faces that I find interesting. There faces seem to have a slight distortion, that seem to speak of the imperfections of their humanity. And, like Lucian Freud, he nicely handles the red and blue tones in the face. He is mostly know for his portraits, and was part of the Neue Sachlichkeit art movement. This German art movement, which translated mean “new objectivity,” was focused on portraying common reality, without idealizing it.