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    Written by: Michael Dalby 5/14/2008 11:08 AM 

    Drawing from the Biehle Family Collection.The Cleveland Public Library Special Collection Department had the good fortune to be the recipient of the collections of architectural details, posters, correspondence, and memorabilia donated by the Biehle family.  The material, which makes up two separate collections, includes works by August Frederick Biehle, August F. Biehle, Jr., Frederick Chaffee Biehle, and Joseph Jicha as well as material that illuminated the development of this artistic family.  Furthermore, the collection consists of interior decorative architectural details including mural paintings and drawings created by August F. Biehle Jr. and members of the Biehle family.  August F. Biehle, Jr. (1885-1979) was an American Modernist painter.  Biehle was born in Cleveland, the son of Christina (Mussler) and August F. Biehle, Sr. Biehle trained as an apprentice decorator with his father for the firm of Rorimer Brooks. He went to Europe in 1903 to study painting in Paris and at the Kunstgeverbeschule in Munich. Upon his return to Cleveland in 1905 Biehle went to work for the Sherwin Williams Company. He was a lithographer for Otis Lithography and Continental Lithography Corporation where he remained from 1913-52.  Biehle was a member of the Kokoon Arts Club in Cleveland, Ohio, which was founded in 1911 by a group of young Cleveland artists including William Sommer, Carl Moellmann, Morris Grossman, Elmer Brubeck, and Harry Stebner.  To view the Biehle family collection: Architectural details and posters or the Biehle family collection: Correspondence and memorabilia visit the Special Collections Department on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library.


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