Artist Biography

1893 - 1983

Paul Anton Schmitt, a painter, illustrator, and muralist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 11, 1893, the son of woodcarver Hermann Schmitt. Raised in an artistic milieu, Paul began painting watercolors as a child. When he was ten, the family moved to San Francisco and lived in a house on Turk Street until it burned in the earthquake and fire of 1906. After settling across the bay in Fruitvale, he remained a resident of the San Francisco Bay area for the rest of his life. While in his teens, Schmitt worked as a sign painter and studied at the California School of Fine Arts and California College of Arts and Crafts. During the 1930s he was much sought after as a commercial artist for various publications while continuing to produce watercolors and oils of the area around his home. He began building small boats for his thirteen children and from that activity became a miniature yacht builder. Schmitt died in San Leandro on May 14, 1983. Member: Alameda Art Ass'n; Society for Sanity in Art; Natational Watercolor Society; Bay Region Art Ass'n; Oakland Art Ass'n; American Artists Professional League; Hayward Art Ass'n; Berkeley Art League; Society of Western Artists (cofounder). Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1927-36 (prizes); Berkeley Art League, 1928, 1930; Sacramento State Fair, 1931, 1938; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; National Watercolor Society (Chicago), 1938 (award); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940 (paintings of yachts); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1940; Gump's, 1944; California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1944; Alameda Free Library, 1954 (solo); Hotel Alameda, 1956 (solo); San Leandro Festival, 1975. Works held: St Mary's College (Moraga); National Maritime Museum (San Francisco); Oakland Museum; St Elizabeth's Church, Oakland (six murals).

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