Wilhelm Legler (1875-1951), his wife Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942) and their son Wilhelm (Willi) 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).
  • Brothers or sisters: 1(?)
  • Wife 1: Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942). Mahler family relation.
  • Married 1: 00-00-1900 Summer, unknown.
  • Child 1: Wilhelm ("Willi / Willy") Legler (1902-1960); architect in Vienna, Austria. Nephew of Alma Mahler (1879-1964). Having attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, Willy Legler (1902-1960) studied under Peter Behrens and Clemens Holzmeister at the Akademie der bildenden Künste from 1925 to 1929. At the Vienna Werkbund Estate, he designed the interior of house no. 11 by Josef Hoffmann. After the end of the war, Alma Mahler (1879-1964) learned that her stepfather, Carl Moll, and her half-sister and her brother-in-law, Maria and Richard Eberstaller, who had all been supporters of Nazi ideology, had died by their own initiative, in a murder-suicide pact, as Russian troops were entering Vienna. (Alma’s mother, Anna Moll, had died in 1938, after Alma’s flight from Vienna.) Alma began to correspond with her nephew Willi Legler (her sister Grete’s son) in Vienna, who attended to a variety of matters on her behalf, including the taking of inventory at her two houses, the ordering of repairs, and the mediation of legal matters. Her house on the Hohe Warte had been extensively damaged by allied bombing during the war. In 1951, he became a member of the Künstlerhaus in Vienna. His last work is thought to have been the research reactor in the Prater, a collaborative project with the architect Fritz Purr that was not completed until after Legler’s death. Interior design house (by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), Veitingergasse 85, Vienna, Austria. Willi/Willy Legler died 00-00-1960. Aged 58. Buried: 12-10-1960 Central cemetery (41A-G2-7), Vienna, Austria.
  • Wife 2: unknown.
  • Married 2: unknown.
  • Child 2: unknown. 
  • Profession: Painter. Prof.
  • 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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