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Eugene Spiro is well recognized for his landscapes, life sketches and portraits of famous conductors and musicians. He was born in Breslau, Germany in 1874 and studied art under Albrecht Bräuer and later became a master student of Franz von Stuck in Munich. He was briefly married to actress Tilla Durieux before moving to Paris to study French Masters and Impressionists. There, he taught at Académie Moderne and co-founded the Salon d’Automne. He returned to Berlin in 1914 to teach at the Berlin Academy of Arts and stayed until 1934, when he fled Nazi rule. He moved back to Paris before settling in New York City in 1941 with his third wife, Lily Jacoby, whom he met in a French internment camp in Gurs.
Dagobert Halpert was the owner of a weaving mill for carpets and upholstery fabrics in Gera, Thuringia. He was also a member of the local Jewish Community Council.
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Spiro, Eugen, 1874-1972: Portrait of Dagobert Halpert, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 88.9.
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