Werner Klemke

1917 - 1994

Artist biography

Werner Klemke was a creative artist. Werner Klemke was born in 1917 and died in 1994. Artists like David Kosakoff, Karl Kamaun, Oswaldo Gutierrez, Jochen Hass, and Vadim Gippenreiter were also born in 1917.

Further Biographical Context for Werner Klemke

Born in 1917, Werner Klemke was largely inspired by the 1930s growing up. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.