Alfred Werner Dead at 68
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Alfred Werner Dead at 68

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Alfred Werner, an art critic, poet and author, who came to the United States as a refugee after being imprisoned in Dachau, died here Saturday at the age of 68. He was the author of biographies of many renowned artists such as Chagall, Modigliani; Pascin, Max Weber and others.

Arriving in the United States in 1940, Werner, who was born in Vienna, lived at first from support he received from programs aiding Jewish refugees. But before long he started to write articles for American publications, among them The New York Times, Commentary and Art Magazine. Over the years, he also wrote columns dealing with Jewish artists for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. In addition to his writing, Werner established himself as a lecturer at universities and other institutions. He earned a J.D. degree in 1934 from the University of Vienna. Between 1949 and 1952 he studied art at New York University. In 1975, he was a visiting professor at Rutgers University.

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