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"The Rooming House"
Oil on Masonite
20 x 24 inches
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Paul Sample was a painter, born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 14, 1896. Sample served in the Navy in World War I and then attended Dartmouth College, where he was intercollegiate boxing champion. After graduating in 1921, he spent four years in the Adriondacks recuperating from tuberculosis. During this time he became interested in art and studied with Jonas Lie. In 1926 he moved to Pasadena and taught at University of Southern California until 1936. After a European sabbatical, he returned to Vermont in 1938 where he was artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College until retirement in 1962. During the 1920ís he painted landscapes, and during the 1930ís he produced Regionalist works of middle-class Americans. Sample died in Hanover, New Hampshire on February 26, 1974.
Member: National Academy of Design, 1941; California Art Club; Pasadena Art Alliance; American Watercolor Society; California Watercolor Society.
Awards: first prize, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930; Spaulding Prize, California Art Club, 1930; Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design, 1931 and Isador gold medal, 1932; first prize, Los Angeles County Fair, 1931; first prize; Pasadena Art Institute, 1932; first prize, California State Fair, 1932; first prize, Santa Cruz Art League, 1933.
Works held: Works held: Addison Gallery of American Art, MA; Apponaug Post Office, RI (mural); Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Brevoort Hotel, NY (mural); Brooks Museum of Art, TN; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Canajoharie Library, NY; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Dartmouth College, NH; Foundation of Western Artists, CA; Joslyn Memorial, NE; Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company, MA (mural); Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; National Life Insurance Company, VT (mural); New Britain Museum of American Art, CA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; Redondo Beach Post Office, CA (mural); RISD Art Museum, RI; San Diego Fine Art Society, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Springfield Museum of Art, MA; Springville Museum of Art, UT; Swarthmore College, PA; University of Minnesota, MN; University of Nebraska, NE; University of Southern California, CA; White House, Washington, D.C.; Williams College, MA
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.