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 Magda Heuermann  (1868 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Missouri      Known for: portrait, miniature, landscape and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Miniature portrait painter, Magda Heuermann was one of Chicago's leading participants in
the miniature-painting revival. Along with portraits she also created imaginative Symbolist
works. Heuermann was born in Galesburg, Illinois and studied with Spread in Chicago and in Munich with the portraitist Franz von Lenbach, who she later wrote about.

Heuermann resided in Oak Park, Illinois and was in correspondence with the Vanderpoel Art Association between 1927 and 1941. She donated her collection of miniatures to the Vanderpoel Art Association. She was a member and officer of the Chicago Society of Artists and helped establish a Society of Miniature Artists in Oak Park.

Heuermann died in 1962, at the age of 103.

Sidney Hamper, President, Vanderpoel Art Association
William Gerdts, Art Across America

Biography from The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association:
A painter, lecturer, and teacher, Magda Heuermann was best known as a painter of portrait miniatures and still lifes, whose subjects often included pieces from her extensive collection (much of it antiques) of paintings, copper, china, sculpture, glass, pewter, fans and weavings. She lived for many years in Oak Park, Illinois at 520 Fair Oaks Avenue, but spent her summers at her Villa Mendadh in Palisades Park, Michigan.

Portrait subjects included Kaiser Wilhelm II, Princess Leopoldine von Wrede, Franz von Stuck, Franz von Lenbach, and Theodor Leschetitzki--all from Germany and Vienna. In America. she painted President Harding and four members of his family, Admiral Winfield Scott Schley, hero of the Spanish American War, and Carl Von Marr, Milwaukee artist. She was a long-time teacher at the Chicago Art Institute.

Heuerman was born in Galesburg, Illinois and moved to Chicago at the age of four with her family. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and under F.H.C. Sammons in Chicago. She also studied in Munich under Franz von Lenbach and in Dresden and Paris.

She won medals at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and in 1935, the McCarthy Prize for the most outstanding miniature at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The portrait subject was her father. She had a one-person show of 46 canvases of her still lifes in Chicago at the Roullier Galleries and had a prominent part in the Silver Jubilee celebration in 1936 at the John Vanderpoel Memorial Galleries in Ridge Park, Illinois, and Beverly Hills, California.

Memberships included the Chicago Society of Artists, the Chicago Society of Miniature Painters, which she served as Vice President, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the American Artists Professional League.


"Miniature Painting", 'Opinion", January 1936. This was an arts publication of Oak Park, Illinois. Courtesy, Sideny C. Hamper, President, John H. Vanderpoel Art Association.

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