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Emil Heilbut, 1861-1921

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 1861
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Date of Death: 1921
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Emil Heilbut was a painter.


Heilbut was a member of The Arts Club from 1870 to 1880.

In 1894 he was living in Hamburg at 38 Esplanade, at which time he was in correspondence with JW regarding the exhibition Grossen Kunst-Austellung des Kunst-Vereins in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, to which JW sent Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315). Heilbut expressed great admiration for JW, 'a hand that I continue to love with a true love' (#02071). In his correspondence he addressed JW as 'My revered Master!'. In 1894 he aided Luke Ionides in the selling of his collection.

In 1895 Heilbut sought JW's permission to be featured alongside Dürer, Goya, Menzel, Uhde, Liebermann, Rops and Böcklin in the first edition of an art gazette being brought out by Pan, a German society of artists, scholars and amateurs, in April 1895 (#02072).

Bibliography: english/actueel/brieven2002 (accessed 2005); (accessed 2005).