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 Paul A. Grimm  (1891 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: desert landscape, some harbors and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in South America, Paul Grimm was a desert and mountain landscape painter whose Palm Springs, California gallery attracted many prominent persons who became collectors of his work.

He came to the United States at the age of seven.  When he was eighteen, he won a scholarship in Rochester New York to study at the Dusseldorf Royal Academy in Germany.

In 1919, he moved to Hollywood, California where he painted backdrops for movie studios, and in 1932, he settled in Palm Springs and maintained a small studio gallery there. A good friend who often stopped by was President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Grimm spent much of his summer time painting in the High Sierras, but he is known for his scenes of the changing moods of the Southern California desert. He also painted missions and Indian portraits.

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Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Biography from CalART.com:
Paul A. Grimm was born of German parents in King Williams Town, South Africa on January 11, 1891. When brought to the United States at age seven, he already showed promise as an artist. At 18 he won a scholarship in Rochester, New York for art study at the Düsseldorf Royal Academy.

After many years at that prestigious school, he moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began his art career painting backdrops for the movie studios. Leaving the movie capital, Grimm settled in Palm Springs in 1932 and remained a resident there for the rest of his life.

He maintained a small studio-gallery in downtown Palm Springs at 428 N. Palm Canyon Road where such notables as President Dwight D. Eisenhower often visited and shared confidences. Eisenhower once wrote, “I profited from the experience of seeing how a real artist creates the effects he wants.”

Although Grimm painted scenes of the High Sierra (where he often could be found in summers), missions, and Indian portraits, his fame lies as a painter of the southern California desert and its many moods. One reviewer once wrote, “His canvases of Mt San Jacinto, which for their sheer magnificence and power of conception and execution, rank as probably the finest work ever done on the subject.”

Grimm died in Palm Springs on December 30, 1974. Exhibited: San Diego Exposition, 1935.

Works held: Nevada Museum (Reno); Bank of America (Palm Springs); Palm Springs Post Office; Irvine (CA) Museum.

Biographical information courtesy Edan Hughes.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Paul Grimm was born in South Africa in 1891 and came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. Grimm showed artistic talent at an early age and at 18 was awarded a scholarship for study in Dusseldorf’s Royal Aacademy. Returning to the U.S., Grimm moved to Hollywood where he painted movie sets before settling permanently in Palm Springs in 1932. Though he also produced coastals and Sierra Mountain scenes, Grimm is best remembered for the desert scenes he produced during his 42 years as a resident of Palm Springs.

Biography from Artistic Gallery:
Paul Grimm was born in South Africa on January 11, 1891.  As a young child, he showed an interest in drawing and art.  The faculty of the Dusseldorf Royal Academy of Art presented him with a scholarship when he was eighteen years of age.

After completing many years of study, he chose to move to Hollywood in 1919, and was hired by the movie industry to paint backdrops.  Thirteen years later, in 1932, he moved to Palm Springs and opened a small studio and gallery.  President Dwight Eisenhower, who was a part-time resident, often visited his studio.

Paul Grimm gained his fame painting the desert scenes of Southern California.

He died in Palm Springs in 1974.

An art critic once wrote that Grimm’s paintings of Mt. San Jacinto, rank as the finest work on the subject.

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