Padua, Paul Matthias

BORN 15 Nov 1903, Salzburg - DIED 22 Aug 1981, Rottach-Egern, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION Rottach-Egern, Bayern: Neuer Gemeindefriedhof

Paul Matthias Padua grew up with his parents in Gieselhöring and Straubing. He entered the Art Academy but soon broke off his studies. He improved himself and in 1922 he first exhibited at the Glaspalast in Munich. In 1928 he received the Georg-Schicht Prize for best female portrait. In 1930 the city of Nuremberg awarded him the Albrecht Dürer Prize.

During the 1930s he create large frescoes and was sought after as a portrait painter. In 1939 he received the Lenbach Prize in Munich and he was wanted in nazi circles. In 1939 Hitler bought his painting "Leda mit dem Schwan" after is was exhibited at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. In 1941 the nazis stopped him from working because his work had become too modernistic in their eyes. He moved to St. Wolfgang in Austria. In 1945 he painted one of the last portraits of Mussolini before the latter was murdered.

In 1951 he settled in Rottach-Egern. He met George Grosz in 1957 in New York when he, Padua, exhibited there. From the 1960s onwards he lived part of the year in Nazaré in Portugal. He continued working and exhibited his paintings at his own Galerie am See (Gallery by the Sea).

Related persons
• met Grosz, George


The grave of Paul Matthias Padua at the Neuer Gemeindefriedhof, Rottach-Egern.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2008)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998

Paganini, Niccolò

Published: 16 Jun 2018
Last update: 15 Feb 2022