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Eugene Spiro (1874-1972) was a member of both the Munich and Berlin Secessions. After an extended stay in Berlin from 1906-1914, Spiro settled in Paris, where he belonged to a group of artists meeting at the Café du D"me. He received a professorship at the Académie Moderne, was elected to the Académie Des Beaux-Arts and co-founded the Salon d'Automne. The outbreak of WW I forced him to return to Germany, where he soon became a popular portrait painter. From 1915 to 1933 Spiro was on the executive board of the Berlin Secession and a professor at the Staatliche Kunstschule. The Nazi takeover forced Spiro into emigration. The sixty-one-year old went to Paris in 1935, where he founded the Union Des Artistes Libres in 1936. After the German occupation of France in 1940, Spiro emigrated to the U. S. and worked as a teacher of the Wayman Adams School in Elizabethtown, New York.
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Spiro, Eugen, 1874-1972: Self-portrait, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 82.493.
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