(November 28, 1850 – April 23, 1917) was a German-born painter
and art teacher who spent most of his career in the United States.
Koehler's work while in Munich won him silver and bronze awards from the Academy, and Bavaria
's Cross of the Order of St. Michael
. Koehler then set himself up as head of a private art school; pupils included Alfons Mucha
He began to exhibit in the National Academy, New York, in 1877. In 1885 he took charge of a private school of art in that city. He organized the American department of the international art exhibition at Munich in 1883, and was appointed by the Bavarian authorities to act in the same capacity in the exhibition of 1888.
In 1892 Robert Koehler returned to New York City to work as a portrait artist. The following year he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota
, accepting an offer to be the director of the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts
(now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). Koehler was also involved with the establishment of Minneapolis' Museum of Fine Art, now the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
. He was a pioneer of art instruction and appreciation in the region.
Koehler was president of the Minnesota State Art Commission from 1903 to 1910, member of the Artists' League of Minneapolis, honorary member of the Minnesota State Art Society, honorary member of the Alumni Association of the Minneapolis School of Art, member of the Society of Western Artists
, a lecturer on art history at the University of Minnesota, and member of the Institute des Beaux Arts et des Lettres of Paris
. He received bronze and silver medals at the Munich Academy, honorable mention at the Paris World's Fair, 1889, bronze medal at the International Art Exhibition at Buenos Aires in 1910, and the cross of the Order of Saint Michael of Bavaria in 1888.
Three notable paintings, "The Carpenter's Family," "At the Cafe," and his masterpiece "The Strike
" were selected for display at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Koehler continued working in Minneapolis, painting portraits and landscapes, teaching painting, and arranging exhibitions. He retired as director in 1914. He died in Minneapolis at age 66.
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- ^ a b Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Koehler, Robert" . Encyclopedia Americana.
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