Saling, Paul E.

Saling, Paul E. (1876-1936)

Paul Saling was born in Germany in 1876. The year that he came to the United States and settled in Hartford is unknown. He studied art in Germany, in Hartford under Charles Noel Flagg and William Gedney Bunce, and with the Connecticut League of Art Students. From 1914-1923 the Hartford Courantcarried evidence that one Paul E. Saling was a decorator with an office on Pratt Street. One advertisement said that his services included mural decorating, designing, canvas ceilings, paper hanging, and painting interiors and exteriors; and an article described him as an interior decorator and an artist.


As an artist, Saling painted oils, and his subjects were landscapes and marine topics. He was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) which was composed of established artists in the Hartford area. He was also a member of the Connecticut League of Art Students, the American Federation of Arts, the Salmagundi Club of New York City, and the Society of Independent Artists. He won prizes at CAFA and was juror for several shows. During the Depression Saling worked for the Public Works of Art Project and his paintings were hung at the Children’s Museum. For the Federal Arts Project, he completed an easel entitled Cider Mill in the Hills and painted Scenery possibly for a diorama or exhibit at the Connecticut Game Reservation in Westbrook. For the last few years of his life, he lived in Lyme. Saling died at Hartford Hospital in March 1936 and is buried in the city’s exclusive Cedar hill Cemetery.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Art Inventory Database of PWAP artists; AskART; Who’s Who in American Art (1985), p. 539; Hartford Courant: “Do You Know,” November 10, 1914; Display Ad 33, April 3, 1922; “Interior Decorating and Paul E. Saling,” April 1, 1923; “Paul E. Saling, Painter, Moves,” May 25, 1924; “Paul Saling, 59, Local Artist, Dies, Hartford Hospital,” March 7, 1936.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Paul Saling:

Cider Mill in the Hills: oil
Scenery Painting:  
Saling, Paul E.