BAUM, Paul
(b. 1859, Meissen, d. 1932, San Gimignano)

Landscape

1896
Oil on canvas, 69 x 88 cm
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

The first ten years following the founding of the Berlin Secession in 1899 may be considered the heyday of German Impressionism. In addition to works by Liebermann, Corinth, and Slevogt, Important works included major works of minor artists, many of them have been unjustly forgotten. One of these minor artists was Paul Baum who was under the influence of the French, especially of the Pointillists and Post-Impressionists.

Paul Baum began his career as a painter of flowers on china, but he soon went on to study painting at the Dresden Academy before traveling to Paris and the Lowlands. There he absorbed the new technique of the Divisionists, coming close to Paul Signac and Theo van Rysselberghe.

Baum's unusually austere Landscape, painted in 1896, is close to the Pointillism of Georges Seurat.