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Paul Lauritz was born in Larvik, Norway on April 18, 1889.  He was exposed to art at an early age, studying with local and foreign artists in Larvik.  At age 16 he moved to eastern Canada to live with his sister.  Working his way west, he worked as a commercial artist in Vancouver and then in Portland, Oregon where he began painting landscapes and portraits.  The meager existence in commercial art lead him to Alaska with the Gold Rush.  Unsuccessful as a miner he again turned to painting and became a close friend of artist Sydney Laurence.  The two became close friends and held a joint exhibition before Lauritz left Alaska.  In 1919 he settled in Los Angeles and established a studio-home in the Lyceum Theater on Spring Street.  When not teaching at the Chouinard and Otis Institutes or in his studio, he made painting excursions to the Sierra mountains, up the California coast as far as Carmel, to Mexico, the Columbia River and Norway.  While in Norway he was commissioned by the King of Norway to do a painting for the Royal Palace.  Lauritz was very involved in the Los Angeles art community and served six years on the L.A. Municipal Art Commission.  His subjects include desert scenes, marines, landscapes, portraits and snow scenes.  Still painting at age 87, he died in his Los Angeles home on October 31, 1975.