Paul Oscar Griffith

(1875 – 1956)

Born in Greencastle, Indiana, he studied at the St. Louis Academy, the Chicago Art Institute and the New York National Academy of Design. It was his love of French Impressionism, which influenced his style. He and Robert Grafton came to New Orleans in 1916, to paint murals of typical city scenes for the new lavish St. Charles Hotel. The compositions for these murals were also adapted for private commissions, generally in smaller format. The freshness of his art is conveyed by his lively brushstroke and vibrant colors, making his paintings some of the most appealing of old French town.

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