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Werner Baer, 1947

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 37.5 cm x 28.5 cm, image: 37.5 cm x 28.5 cm)

Werner Baer MBE (1914–1992) grew up in Berlin, where he studied piano with Artur Schnabel and worked at the Berlin Stadtsoper. Having fled the Nazis in 1938, he taught in Singapore, where he also broadcast recitals and helped to organise the city’s first orchestral subscription concerts. In Australia, after serving a period of internment at Tatura in northeast Victoria, he taught at the NSW State Conservatorium. From 1951 to 1979 he was NSW music supervisor for the ABC. A dedicated vocal adjudicator and coach, he conducted the Singers of Australia and at the Sydney Jewish Choral Society. Baer composed a number of ‘art songs’ and some music for children, including Under the Coolibah Tree: Songs for Young Australians (1955). For Salute to Australia: Songs for Australians he shared the prize in the 1951 Australian National Song Competition. Since his death, various musical competitions have been named in his honour.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2008.27

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 36 in 1947)

Werner Baer MBE (age 33 in 1947)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Richard King (16 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.