Frederick Wilhelm Heine

Year inducted: 2010
1845-1921

Although Frederick Wilhelm Heine spent the first 40 years of his life in Germany, his importance to the arts in Wisconsin cannot be underestimated. Trained at the Leipzig and Weimar Academies, he worked as a book illustrator and designer from 1861-1866. In 1885 he was invited to come to Milwaukee to supervise the figure painting section of the American Panorama Company, and in 1888, he opened the Heine School of Art. A founding member of the Society of Milwaukee Artists (now known as Wisconsin Visual Artists), his early works demonstrated a well-defined brush stroke and a meticulous concern for detail. His incredibly detailed diaries are currently being transcribed, and are rewriting, expanding and illuminating knowledge of panorama painting both in Milwaukee and nationally, as well as the art scene in Milwaukee at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Works by Frederick Wilhelm Heine