Paul Dougherty was born in Brooklyn, NY on Sept. 6, 1877. Dougherty graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1896. He then studied law and passed the New York State Bar examinations in 1898. However, having been artistically inclined from an early age, he chose an art career instead of law. His art studies began at the ASL in NYC under Robert Henri and continued in London, Paris, Munich, Venice, and Florence. Returning to the U.S. in 1905, he settled on the coast of Maine and was elected a member of the Nat'l Academy in 1907. Arthritis forced him to seek the milder climate of Arizona in 1928. He was world famous when he made his final move to California in 1931. There he would continue painting the coastal scenes which had brought him fame. After settling on the Monterey Peninsula, Paul Dougherty established a studio in his home in Carmel Highlands and spent winters in Palm Springs until his death on Jan. 9, 1947.
Source:Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940"
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