Paul Baum (22 September 1859(18590922), Mason — may 15, 1932, San Gimignano) — painter, draftsman and printmaker, one of the largest representatives of impressionism in Germany).
Paul Baum began his artistic career as a painter of flowers on the dishes, working in his hometown at the Royal porcelain factory. He studied with Friedrich Preller Junior at the Dresden Academy of arts. In 1878, Baum moved to Weimar, where he studied in the local School of art from the artist Theodor Hagen. During his studies, he travels through Northern Germany, Flanders and Holland.
In 1888, Baum lives in Munich and joins the artists ' colony in Dachau, where he became friends with Carl Santarem and max Stremler. In March 1890 he performs together with Stremler trip to Paris, where both artists get acquainted with the works of French Impressionists. Shortly thereafter, Baum leaves Dachau and settles in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist. Here he is in 1894 acquainted with Camille Pissarro and the Belgian painter of the pointillist théo van Rysselberghe. In the same year, Baum went to Dresden and participated in the artistic movement of the Dresden secession. In 1895, the artist moved to Sluis in the Netherlands, where he lives until 1908, from time to time making the trip to Italy, southern France, Turkey and Berlin, where he in 1902, taking part in the exhibition of the Berlin secession.
In 1909 Baum receives the Villa Romana prize, after which he spent 4 years in Italy, mainly in Tuscany. With the outbreak of the First world war, the artist returned to Germany and in 1914 became Professor at the Dresden Academy of arts. From 1918 he was Professor of landscape class at the Kassel art Academy. After 1924 Baum lives mainly in San Gimignano, where in 1932, died of pneumonia.