Hitler Youth Oil Painting- Werner Peiner (1897-1984)
Large expressionist portrait painting of an HJ pair in uniform, likely a brother and sister. It was painted on wood panel by Werner Peiner. Most likely painted in the 1930's. The panel measures approximately 26 3/8 x 33 7/8". The artist reused the panel to mount a landscape painting on canvas, probably painted after the war, which is signed in the lower left corner, PEINER. The canvas originally wrapped around the top and bottom edges of the board. Those edges were removed sometime later, leaving a line at top and bottom and possibly some painting in has been done. It displays extremely well, and would be even less conspicuous after framing.
Paintings from this period are rare, and this is a high quality portrait in an expressionist style by one of the most important artist/ designers of the Third Reich.
Werner Peiner (20 July 1897 – 19 August 1984) was a German painter. He was first influenced by expressionism, but he became one of the most known and talented official painters of the Third Reich. Peiner was born at Düsseldorf. His major influences came from the German Romantic and Realistic painters. He designed many of the tapestries which decorated the Reichskanzlei in Berlin.
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