Paul T. Arlt was a painter, political cartoonist and graphic artist in the Washington area for many years. Born in New York City, Arlt became intrigued with painting during his last two years at Colgate University, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1933. After his graduation, he lived in New York City for a while and studied painting at Greenwich House, a pioneering settlement house and art school in Greenwich Village.
He moved to Washington in 1934 and studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with Samuel Burtis Baker and Eugen Weisz and later with C. Law Watkins at the Phillips Gallery School of Art.From the mid-1960s until 2002, Mr. Arlt’s work — in watercolor, silkscreen and acrylic — depicted Washington landmarks and life in political Washington, including committee hearings on Capitol Hill and elected officials. He was represented for many years by the Franz Bader Gallery.
His watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Memorial Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of the City of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Arlt died in 2005 of congestive heart failure at his home in Rye, N.Y.