Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951), his wife Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942) and their son Wilhelm (Willy) Carl Emil Legler (1902-1960).

Relation to Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): A brother in law.

  • Born: 03-04-1875 Pisino, Pazin, Istria, Croatia, Austrian empire.
  • Father: Wilhelm Legler (ing.).
  • Mother: Adele Legler-Köhler (Koehler).
  • Religion: Protestant.
  • Brothers or sisters: 1 (?)
  • Profession: Landscape painter and etcher. Prof. Pupil of Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945).
  • Died: 28-04-1951 Angern-Stillfried, near Vienna, Austria. Aged 76.
  • Buried: 07-05-1951 Central cemetery (41A-G2-7), Vienna, Austria. Legler family grave, also in this grave: Adele Legler (70), Emma Legler (11), Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942) in the cemetery administration as Margarete – without h – Legler, Wilhelm Legler 2, Wilhelm (“Willi/Willy”) Legler 3 (58, see above), Elsa Pecher (born: 29-12-1875, 81), Karl Pecher, Susanne Pecher (80) and Carolie Schonthaler (born: 06-11-1870, 76).

Envelopes from letters by Alma Mahler (1879-1964) to Willi Legler (1902-1960). Postmark: 06-1946, 12-1946, 04-1947, 01-1949. Mrs. Alma Mahler Werfel (610 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, California) to Mr. Willy Legler (IX Berggasse 9, Vienna, Austria, Europa).


  • Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) is considered the painter who discovered the region of Morava. He was one of those closest to Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945), and his first marriage was to Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942), the sister of Alma Mahler and stepdaughter of Carl Moll.
  • 1897. Legler was a student of Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (1861-1945) from 1897, and of Pötzelsberger, Kalckreuth and Adolf Hölzel in Stuttgart between 1899 and 1906. He studied etching under Alexander Eckener. From 1906 onwards, he worked first in Vienna, Linz, then in Dimburg and in Stillfried on the Morava.
  • During his time in Stuttgart, Legler focused on etchings, but returned to his love for landscape painting on the Morava later on. His impressive interiors are influenced by Carl Moll until around 1915. He lived mostly in Vienna from 1929.
  • His wife Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942) is a half-sister of Alma Mahler (1879-1964).
  • 1908 His works were exhibited in the legendary 1908 Kunstschau of the Klimt group, and at the International Art Show in Vienna in 1909. In 1914, he became a member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. His work was honored with the Drasche Prize in 1915, the Anniversary Prize in 1927, and the State Honorary Prize in 1933 and 1935.
  • In 1945, on the occasion of Legler’s 70th birthday, the Künstlerhaus was planning to hold an omnibus exhibition of his works. But on April 8, a bomb destroyed his entire artistic life’s work at the artist’s apartment on Rainergasse 27.
  • In 06-1946, 12-1946, 04-1947, 01-1949 letters from Alma Mahler (1879-1964) (Mrs. Alma Mahler Werfel, 610 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, California) to Mr. Willy Legler, IX Berggasse 9, Vienna, Austria). To father Wilhelm the painter or his son Willy the architect?
  • Wilhelm Leglergasse, Vienna, Austria.
  • Works at: Albertina, Belvedere, Vienna, Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Pölten.

Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) The mill by the river. Monogram WL.

1930. Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) Sandships at the Donau.

1938 Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) At the farm.

1938 Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) At he the farm. Signature front.

1938 Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951) At the farm. Signature back.

Photo grave.

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