HERBERT PAUS – My favorite artist.


Herbert Paus was born in 1890 in Minneapolis. By the age of seven he was already showing artistic interest and ability. With the encouragement of his parents, his mother sent him for half a day every Saturday to study with a local (St. Paul Minnesota) artist, Burt Harwood who known to have studied in Europe.

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When he was sixteen, Paus got a job at The St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper as a cartoonist and when the editorial cartoonist left the paper Paus took over as staff cartoonist. Two years later, in 1899, the nineteen year old Paus moved to New Yorj and took some classes at the Chase Art School of Art with legendary instructors; Robert Henri, George Bridgeman and F.V. DuMond.

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By 1903, Paus decided to do freelance work and some of his clients were, Ladies’ Home Journal, Life, Delineator, National Review, St. Nicholas and others. Aside from illustrating for the magazines he also did a number of advertisements for, Victor Records, Hart,  Schaffner, Marx, Goodyear as well as illustrating children’s books such as, “Tyltyl”, “The Children’s Blue Bird” by Madame Maurice Macterlinck.

When the United   States entered the First World War, Paus was one of the first artist to be chosen to do heroic and inspirational posters urging Americans to join up for service overseas.

During the war years Paus illustrated many covers for Collier’s magazine which at the time had a circulation of over a million a week. By the end of World War One he was already at the top of successful American illustrators. He was so popular that he had the luxury of choosing assignments that suited him. From 1927 to 1931 he had an exclusive contract to do all of the covers for “Popular Science”.

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It was noted that Herbert Paus was at his most effective depicting subjects larger than life.

Herbert Paus in 1946

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One Response to “HERBERT PAUS – My favorite artist.”

  1. Mike Says:

    Paus has been a favorite of mine for many years now. I think I first discovered his work on the cover of an old magazine. I think some of his work looks like it could be translated to stained glass fairly easily.

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