* 4 August 1883 in Berlin; † 24 August 1960 in Berlin
German painter and graphic artist
For all the changes in his style, Paul Kuhfuss is a deeply nature-loving, quiet, even romantic painter. After his studies of pedagogics and art in Berlin, he works from 1910 on as an art teacher. Menzel, Liebermann, Corinth and Slevogt are his examples in his painting and drawing. In contact with his colleagues Harry Deierling, Bruno Krauskopf and Wilhelm Kohlhoff he is refining his artistic characteristics. From 1913 on, his works are regularly to be seen in the big Berlin exhibitions. Experience during World War I are a deep shock for him, and his style of painting, until then influenced by Impressionism, becomes expressive, bizarre and troubled. In the late twenties, journeys to Italy bring vivid colours and a relaxed mode of paining to his pictures.
In the thirties, the artist stays for studies in Franconian and Saxon Switzerland, but mainly on the Baltic sea that fascinates him. At the time of National Socialism, the artist is banned from taking part in exhibitions. He secretly continues his artistic work, committed to humanistic ideals. From 1949 on, he heads a class for nude painting as well as stage and costume design at the East Berlin textile and fashion college. He resigns from his job in 1954, as he refuses to teach dogmatic contents.
In the years that follow, Kuhfuss develops his mastery as a painter. In 1960 he is a prizewinner of the great Berlin art exhibitions at the Funkturm. Works by Kuhfuss are to be found in major German museums.