Franz Viktor Werfel
(September 10, 1890 - August 26, 1945), was an Austrian
poet, modernist playwright, and novelist. Born in Prague, he
was the son of a Jewish merchant. His 1933 novel, Die
vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh (The Forty Days of Musa
Dagh), detailed the mass murder and expulsion of Armenians
from eastern Anatolia in 1915. It stood as a warning against
future acts of mass murder and won lasting respect from
Armenian communities throughout the world. Werfel's books
were burned by the Nazis as those of a Jewish author who
advocated pacifism, love for all mankind, and hostility to
extreme nationalism and Nazism.

Painting Analysis by Anna Demmler, student at Texas
A&M University:
Schiffhauers painting contains Werfel solemnly looking
forward while wearing a blue suit and bow tie. Pictures of
Werfel taken showed he made the same face a lot in
pictures and sometimes wore bow ties. The painting also
draws a parallel from the direction he is looking (slightly
right), the light to dark facial complexion, and the light to
dark (yellow to brown) background. This technique was
created to show a lighter and better future is possible, but
in the moment times are dark and hard.