Paul Grimm (1891-1974)
Paul Grimm was born to German parents in King Williamstown, South Africa, on January 11, 1891. Paul Grimm came to the United States at the age of seven. Grimm already showed promise as an artist. He won a scholarship in Rochester, New York to study at the Dusseldorf Royal Academy in Germany at eighteen. After many years at that prestigious school, he moved to Hollywood in 1919 and began his art career painting backdrops for movie studios.
Leaving the movie capital, Grimm settled in Palm Springs in 1932 and remained a resident there for the rest of his life. Grimm 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.
Grimm died in Palm Springs on December 30, 1974.
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