Erich Kahn was a graphic artist and painter, born and studied in Stuttgart, Germany. He also spent time in Paris with Fernand Léger. He was imprisoned by the Nazis at Welzheim concentration camp, near Stuttgart. On fleeing to England in 1939 he was subsequently interned at Hutchinson Camp on the Isle of Man, with Fechenbach, Hinrichsen, Hamann, Schwitters and Weissenborn.
On his release, largely neglected by the English art establishment and psychologically troubled, he worked prolifically. He spent time drawing in the Maida Vale art studio of Paul Hamann, the German emigré sculptor, with Dachinger and Nessler. Although an isolated figure, Kahn enjoyed the support of the eminent art historian and art critic Professor J P Hodin and his work was shown commercially at the Redfern Gallery (1956) and at Annely Juda’s Molton Gallery (1960). Most recently John Denham held a solo exhibition (1989).
The greatest collection of Kahn’s work is now held by the Sintra Museum of Modern Art – The Berardo Collection Museum in Portugal.