"Woman in a Rocking Chair," c.1885. Watercolor on paper by Robert Koehler.

"Woman in a Rocking Chair"

"Woman in a Rocking Chair," c.1885. Watercolor on paper by Robert Koehler.

"Old Woman looking down," c.1885. Etching by Robert Koehler.

"Old Woman looking down"

"Old Woman looking down," c.1885. Etching by Robert Koehler.

"The Strike," 1885. Print by Robert Koehler.

"The Strike"

"The Strike," 1885. Print by Robert Koehler.

Black and white photograph of Robert Koehler, c.1907.

Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler, c.1907.

Black and white photograph of the studio of artist Robert Koehler in Minneapolis, c.1900.

Robert Koehler’s Minneapolis studio

The studio of artist Robert Koehler in Minneapolis, c.1900.

"Self Portrait Behind an Easel," 1881. Charcoal on paper by Robert Koehler.

"Self Portrait Behind an Easel"

"Self Portrait Behind an Easel," 1881. Charcoal on paper by Robert Koehler.

Color image of "Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue," c.1902, Oil on canvas painting by Robert Koehler.

"Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue"

"Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue," c.1902, Oil on canvas painting by Robert Koehler.

"The Socialist," 1885. Etching on paper by Robert Koehler.

"The Socialist"

"The Socialist," 1885. Etching on paper by Robert Koehler.

Koehler, Robert (1850–1917)

Robert Koehler was a German-born American painter, educator, and arts organizer known for his pivotal role in the development of arts exhibitions and arts education in Minnesota. He was the director of the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts from 1893 to 1914 and was a central figure in the founding of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Color image of a bust of Frank Boyd in St. Paul’s Frank Boyd Park, 2016.

Bust of Frank Boyd in St. Paul’s Frank Boyd Park

Bust of Frank Boyd in St. Paul’s Frank Boyd Park, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

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