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Eugen von Kahler (1882-1911) was both a poet and a painter. Born into a wealthy Prague family, Kahler studied art under Heinrich Knirr and Franz Stuck in Munich. He took trips to Egypt in 1908 and Tunesia and Algeria in 1909, which inspired many of his artworks. After his death in 1911, two works of his were exhibited in the first Blue Rider exhibition in Munich, and Wassily Kandinsky memorialized Kahler's work in the Blaue Reiter Almanac (1912) as follows, "His inner voice was so clear, distinct, and precise that he could rely on it utterly... Kahler's delicate, dreaming, serene soul, with its pure Hebrew cast of unappeasable mystical sadness, was afraid of one thing only: the ignoble. And his entirely noble soul did not seem to belong to our time."

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Kahler, Eugen von: Fairy Tale, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.428.