Painter and graphic artist Erich Kahn was born into a Jewish family in Stuttgart, Germany on 25 August 1904 and studied art in his native city and in Paris with Fernand Léger. Following Hitler's accession to the Chancellorship and the introduction of anti-Semitic legislation, 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 (known as the artists' camp due to the high number of artist internees) on the Isle of Man, with Hermann Fechenbach, Paul Hamann, Kurt Schwitters and Hellmuth Weissenborn, among others, as well as the art historian Klaus Hinrichsen. 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 German émigré sculptor Paul Hamann, attending his weekly art classes along with fellow émigrés Hugo Dachinger and Walter 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 émigrée gallerist Annely Juda’s Molton Gallery (1960). Erich Kahn died in London, England on 15 February 1979. The gallerist John Denham held a posthumous solo exhibition of Kahn's work in 1989. The greatest collection of Kahn's work is now held by the Sintra Museum of Modern Art - The Berardo Collection Museum in Portugal.