Eugene B. Meier, Jr., M.S.Ed.
About Eugene B. Meier, Jr., M.S.Ed.
I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These are the biggest paintings in the world,50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which are 16-sided polygons.Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas.On September 18,2003 I found in the Milwaukee County Historical Society the F.W.Heine diaries 1879-1921.These highly illustrated diaries are the only narrative of a panorama company, that of William Wehner (1847-1928) of Chicago, whose panorama studio was located in downtown Milwaukee because of cheap rent. The Heine diaries are as important to the history of rotunda panorama as the letters of Theo and Vincent Van Gogh are important to the history of French Impressionism.The diaries needed to be transcribed in German, translated to English and scanned to computer.The Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee provided an initial $50,000 grant to transcribe the diaries in German.Michael Kutzer,born 1941 in Leipzig,background in Greek,Latin and Hebrew,a landscape artist in a long line of landscape artists,background in 19th c.German literature and German dialects, is transcriber on the Heine diary project.My great aunt, Mathilde Georgine Schley(1864-1941) was an artist/model in the Wehner studio.She shares her birthday with Joseph Pierre Birren(1864-1933) ,an artist who worked in the Howard H.Gross panorama studio in Englewood,Illinois--May 14,1864.JPB would be known as the Father of Commercial Illustration in Chicago. I am researching the Gross studio in Englewood,which was active September 1885-September 1888. I was trained as a school teacher,but for many years have been a museum field historian, and contribute research to the AskART search engine,and to Peter Hastings Falk,publisher of WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICAN ART.Eugene B.Meier,Jr., M.S.Ed.
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