Along with Curt Herrmann, Paul Baum is one of the most important representatives of Neo-Impressionism in Germany.
His style of painting developed from the style of the Barbizon school through Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism. More than any other European artist, Paul Meissen-based Paul Baum dedicated his life to landscape painting. After studying at the Dresden Academy, he moved to the Weimar Academy in 1878, where his teacher Theodor Hagen gave him the open-air painting of the Barbizon School. In Weimar Baum developed the love for the delicate, accurate drawing.
In March 1890, during a trip to Paris, the artist sees pictures of the Impressionists Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. Then he settled in the Belgian Knokke, the summer camp of the Impressionists. Here he met in 1894 Camille Pissarro and the Belgian pointillist painter Théo van Rysselberghe know.