Georg Arnold Graboné
Born. 11.09.1896 in Munich
Died. 10.02.1982 in Buchhof
German artist, Impressionist
About the artist
Georg Arnold-Graboné was born in Munich on 11 September 1896. Originally coming from Tyrol, the family moved from Tyrol to Hohenlohe-Franconia, where they acquired an estate in Gerabronn. Arnold used the town’s name as a basis for his artist’s name.
The joy of painting was an interest Arnold had from an early age. However, the First World War put a stop to his artistic career and Arnold enlisted as a foot soldier. In 1916 Arnold was injured and as a result, his hearing and speech were temporarily limited.
After the war, Arnold continued his painting studies, first in Stuttgart and then in Vienna, turning to Cubism under Professor Lippert and becoming a member of the “Licht-Gruppe”. It was not long before he returned to traditional landscape painting as was not interested in doing abstract art.
In 1932 Arnold became a professor at the Zurich Art Academy where he later served as a rector.
He met General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1951 after being summoned to see him as he had managed to acquire one of his paintings. Eisenhower was given painting and drawing lessons by Arnold. It was not long before Eisenhower put him in touch with Winston Churchill who also loved to paint. They became good friends as Arnold helped him with his technique.
After the war, his paintings were sought after and exhibited worldwide.
Arnold passed away in 1982 after being diagnosed with cancer.