After returning to Vienna in 1946, Henry Koerner learned that his family had died during the war. His work during the 1940s and 1950s expresses the anxiety, uncertainty and physical destruction following the war. "Passionate caring coupled with informed historic consciousness, plus utter determination to contribute something of value to the ongoing human endeavor-that's the essential of Koerner." (A.L Eliot, et al., Henry Koerner: From Vienna to the U.S.A., New York, 1986) This Artwork for CARE Poster is a fine example of how he utilized art to enhance awareness.
The present work was painted for an advertisement depicting the many Eastern and Western European countries that were receiving food and clothing 'care' packages through the CARE organization, an acronym which initially stood for Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe and then later Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere. CARE also focused on large development projects and disaster relief operations, the very issues that thematically tie together Koerner's work from this time period.