* 18 January 1891 in Berlin; † 7 June 1962 in Weingarten (Baden-Württemberg)
Paul Grunwaldt belongs to the largely forgotten artists of Classical Modern Art. His œuvre is characterized by lyrical Realism, with hints of Cubist forms and elements of Modern Realism. Following an apprenticeship at the Royal Porcelain Factory, he studies at the teaching institute of the Arts-and-Crafts Museum in Berlin. He creates his first significant paintings after the First World War, where he fought as a soldier. Grundwaldt’s artistic work is mainly influenced by Cubism and his affiliation to the 1918 founded November Group. In the years from 1921 to 1923, as well as in 1925 and 1926, he takes part in the exhibitions of this revolutionary artists’ association. In the mid-twenties his style changes: to the end of the decade, his works show more and more elements of New Realism, which, in the thirties, give way to almost naturalistic representativeness.
Immediately after the Second World War, the artist tries to continue the art of the twenties, however without a convincing success. In the fifties, a stay in Paris furthers his artistic development and expands his range of themes. In 1960, the Berlin National Gallery, in its exhibition “Berlin – Place of Freedom for Art”, shows three of Grunwaldt’s works, and in 1980, in the exhibition “Arts in Berlin 1930 to 1960”, one of his works is presented. Some of his works are also included in the exhibition “Dance on the Volcano – the Berlin of the Twenties in the Mirror of the Arts” at the Berlin Ephraim Palais in 2015/2016.