Paul Schumann was born near Leipzig Saxony, in the German Empire. He and his family immigrated to the United States about 1879. After a brief stay in Indianola, the family moved to Galveston in 1881. He received instructions from Julius Stockfleth. According to a newspaper article, Schumann spent time in New York and the East, studying and painting--confirmed by a number of surviving sketches of New York scenes. His Galveston studio was destroyed by the hurricane in 1900. Schumann rebuilt his studio on that site, teaching privately, and became a very productive painter, at times, accomplishing three paintings a day, surrounded by his collection of ship models and statuary. He also was a plein-air artist, best known for marine and harbor scenes in Galveston. He also produced a number of plein-air works in Louisiana, the Texas Hill Country, New Mexico, Arizona, California and the East Coast. The medium he used was oil, crayon, pencil, and pen and ink--using the palette knife extensively in oil. Paul Schumann died in Galveston.
Had [Schumann] been an artist along the East Coast instead of the Gulf of Mexico, he would have been known all over the world. He is doing for the Gulf Coast what Winslow Homer did for Maine.