Born in Poland on April 10, 1881. Halbe studied art in Germany before immigrating to California in 1919. After establishing a jewelry store in Oakland at 13th and Washington streets and a home in nearby Piedmont, he was a successful businessman who painted in his leisure. A world traveler, he and his wife Erna (a noted dancer who performed ethnic dances at the GGIE) traveled all over the globe. While he painted, she studied native dance. Halbe was also a skilled fencer as well as a painter. His fine art includes landscapes and coastals done with a heavy impasto and colorful palette. He died in Emeryville, CA on Sept. 4, 1967. Exh: Santa Cruz Art League, 1929.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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