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 Esther Heins  (1908 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: botanical illustration, commercial art, landscape painting

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Esther  Heins
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"My Old Hats"
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Biography from Gary Wallace Auctioneers:
The following information is excerpted from a the book, Flowering Trees and Shrubs:The Botanical Paintings of Esther Hein by Peter Shaw Ashton and Judith Leet:

"Esther Heins . . . [had] a long career devoted to art, first as a freelance commercial artist and then as a botanical painter. Aspiring to become a serious painter as a young woman, she graduated from the Massachusetts School of Art (now the Massachusetts College of Art) in 1929 with a degree in art education--the practical direction winning out over the ideal. . . . She turned her attention to commercial art and for many years worked as a freelancer; she attribut[ed] her ability to draw quickly and accurately to these years.

Meanwhile, she continued to study privately with Ernest L. Major, her professor at the Massachusetts School of Art, and briefly, during summers, with other teachers, including Oskar Kokoschka. She painted oils and watercolors mainly of landscapes and orchards, often in Marblehead and Rockport, Massachusetts.

Esther Heins turned her attention to botanical illustration after she showed her sketchbook to the head of exhibits at the Boston Public Library, and he invited her to have an exhibition devoted to botanicals.... She spent ... two years preparing for her first one-person exhibition.

Her work has appeared nationwide in group exhibitions--at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and often with the Guild of National Science Illustrators.  She also exhibited at the Rockport Art Association and the Boston Museum of fine Arts..

Her watercolors of plants introduced into cultivation by the Arnold Arboretum are reproduced in Flowering Trees and Shrubs: The Botanical Paintings of Esther Heins (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987)."

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