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Eugen von Kahler, a German-speaking Jewish painter, graphic artist, and poet, was born in Prague (Czech Republic) on January 6, 1882. From 1901 to 1905 Kahler studied drawing at the private school of Heinrich Knirr, then, attended the Kunstakademie München (Munich Academy of Fine Arts), where he studied under Franz von Stuck. Kahler also took private tutorials at Hugo von Habermann (1849-1929), who was a German painter and draftsman. In 1908 Kahler visited Paris to study new French painting together with his artist friends Walter Bondy, Rudolf Levy, Jules Pascin, Hans Purrmann and Albert Weisgerber. He also met the circle of the Café du Dôme, his artistic colleagues Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann, Rudolf Grossmann, Oskar Moll, Jules Pascin, Elisabeth Epstein, and others. In September 1910 Kahler’s work was represented by three oil paintings and four drawings at the second exhibition of the Neue Künstlervereinigung Munich. In October 1911 his first solo exhibition took place in the Münchner Modernen Galerie (Munich Modern Gallery) of Heinrich Thannhauser. Eugen von Kahler died of tuberculosis in Prague on December 13, 1911.

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Kahler, Eugen von: Three Jewish men in a room, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.667.