Henry Koerner (1915–1991) was born in Vienna, Austria, where he also studied art. In the late 1930s, he came to the United States to live and work in New York City. Koerner designed war posters and served in the United States Army during World War II. In addition to serving as a court artist at the Nuremberg trials, Koerner also worked for Time Magazine, painting cover portraits of politicians, entertainers and educators. In 1952, he came to settle in Pittsburgh, where he taught at Chatham College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In the mid-1980s, Koerner retired to devote his time to painting. He was the last Pittsburgh artist to be offered a major solo exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1984.