Paul Ullman was born in Paris. His parents originally came from the United States and immigrated to France in 1905. He grew up in an artistic family: his mother Alice Wood was a writer, his father Eugene was a painter, and his brother Allen was a sculptor. They lived above Le Dôme café and spent time with the artists in Montparnasse. Following the declaration of war in 1914, the family moved to the United States.
In 1919, Paul Ullman returned to Paris with his brother and studied at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand (high school). He discovered painting and visited the museums in Paris. He traveled to Italy and Holland, where he dis- covered the Flemish masters, and then returned to live in the United States where he settled in a farm. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined an aid organization in the United States. He returned to France in 1943 and formed a resistance network between London and Paris. On August 25, 1944, as he was carrying out his last mission, he was shot dead by SS soldiers at the Swiss border. His paintings have been kept at the Oran Museum in Algeria and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (a landscape of Paimpol). The Carnegie Institute dedicated an exhibition to him after the war.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015