A Chicago artist who would live and work in Giverny, France for several years and successfully adopt the Impressionist style of painting as his own, Karl Albert Buehr was noted for his figural works of beautifully clad women, gazing directly at the viewer. Additionally, he was noted for his skills as a colorist, particularly in his landscape works.
He began his formal art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1888, and it was there that he first saw the Impressionist style. While attending classes he was recognized for outstanding skill, but left school to serve in the Spanish American War. By 1899 he was at the Academy Julian in Paris, studying under Frank Duveneck and Raphael Collin, and then he headed to England to attend the London Art School. He returned to Paris in 1908, but was soon painting in Giverny. Though no records exist, it is assumed that he would have known Money personally because his children and Monet's grandchildren were known to have been frequent playmates.
Throughout this period he was exhibiting in Europe and the United States and earning a reputation for his works. When he returned to Chicago in 1914 he was offered a teaching position at the city's Art Institute, and Buehr continued to teach for the rest of his life.
He continued to rely on expressive use of color throughout the rest of his career, and he altered his brushwork with the fading interest in Impressionism and the rise of Post-Impressionist techniques. He continued to exhibit and win honors and awards up until the 1930s.