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Paul Arlt, 91, artist and political cartoonist

RYE, N.Y. -- Painter and political cartoonist Paul T. Arlt, whose work was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and galleries nationwide, has died. He was 91.

Mr. Arlt, a New York City native, died Tuesday at his suburban New York home, his daughter, Ronay Arlt Menschel, said yesterday.

Mr. Arlt was a skilled watercolorist who often depicted Washington landmarks and political life in the nation's capital, where he lived for several decades.

His acclaimed satirical pen-and-ink drawings of political figures and committee hearings on Capitol Hill included one with a pack of large senators overshadowing a diminutive witness testifying before the group.

''He was always interested in politics," said Menschel. ''He had a good sense of humor, which was never cynical, but which showed an understanding of people in politics."

Mr. Arlt's work was displayed in museums and galleries across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Memorial Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

He graduated from Colgate University in 1933 and studied painting at the Greenwich House, an art school in Greenwich Village.

He moved to Washington, continuing his studies at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Mr. Arlt served in the Marine Corps during World War II as a combat artist who accompanied troops to the front line in the Pacific theater, recording the events in drawings and paintings. He received the Purple Heart for a shrapnel injury.

In the 1950s he was an editorial cartoonist for the New York Herald Tribune. He retired to devote more time to painting in Washington.

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