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Artist Biography

Karl Buehr was one of the first Chicago Impressionists, joining the group of American artists at Giverny and painting bright, sun dappled landscapes, gardens, and outdoor portraits. He made his start at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was singled out as one of their most promising students in the Chicago Times Herald in 1897. After a brief stint with the Army during the Spanish American War, he completed his studies with Frank Duveneck, then attended the Academie Julien in Paris and the London Art School. When he returned to France in 1908 Buehr moved to Giverny, and it was there, in the reflected glow of Monet’s Impressionism, that he developed his signature style. His work was popular in Paris, at the Salons where he was a regular exhibitor, and back at home. The Art Institute of Chicago offered him a teaching position in 1914, and Buehr occupied this post for the rest of his life.

Buehr’s work can be found in many important private collections, as well as in institutions such as the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; and the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association and the Union League Club, both in Chicago, IL.