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Martin Haubenreisser
(1938-    )

Martin Haubenreisser was born near Dresden in 1938 and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Upper Saxony. He has always been fascinated with drawing and painting plants, animals, insects and, especially, minerals. In 1952 he began an apprenticeship in photographic chemistry and graphic arts print-making, following in the footsteps of his father. He began collecting minerals with his family during the 1970's, on trips to the Erzgebirge and Thüringer Wald, and in 1995, inspired by the work of Claus Caspari and Eberhard Equit, he executed his first mineral specimen portraits. Since that time he has produced many mineral paintings, and in recent years has developed an interest in depicting specimens of historical interest. Haubenreisser is unique among mineral artists in that he has been depicting the old labels as well as the antique specimens. "These yellowed slips of paper," he says, "bear wonderful handwriting and provide dignity and respect for these historic mineral specimens."

Haubenreisser works in a combination of pencil and watercolor on very smooth art paper, for maximum detail. Following the old traditions of classical scientific illustration, he depicts the specimens natural size and in the finest detail possible. "One needs a lot of patience, good eyesight, and a steady hand," he says. He commonly works from modest specimens in his own collection, but has also accepted commissions from other collectors. His work has been exhibited at the 1998 Munich Show and also at the Museum of Nature in Leipzig. His son, Uwe Haubenreisser, is also an accomplished mineral artist specializing in the difficult area of micromineral illustrations.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1999) German mineral artists Martin Haubenreisser (b. 1938) and Uwe Haubenreisser (b. 1968). Rocks & Minerals, 74, 192-193.

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The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Pistarit , Arendal, Norway Pistarit , Arendal, Norway
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), from a 3.1-inch specimen and labels in the artist's collection, painted actual size.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Descloizit, Olifontsfontain, South-West Africa Descloizit, Olifontsfontain, South-West Africa
Watercolor and art pencils (2005), painted actual size from a 2.7-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Bayldonit nach Mimetesit, Tsumeb, South-West Africa Bayldonit nach Mimetesit, Tsumeb, South-West Africa
Watercolor and art pencils (2005), painted actual size from a 2-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit, Siderit auf Quarz, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Sachsen Fluorit, Siderit auf Quarz, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Sachsen
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted actual size from a 3.3-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit auf Quarz, Fluorit auf Quarz, "St. Michael's," Dörfel, Erzgebirge
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted actual size from a 3-inch and a 2-inch specimen in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit auf Quarz, Zobes, Vogtland Fluorit auf Quarz, Zobes, Vogtland
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted natural size from a 2-inch specimen in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit auf Quarz, Zobes, Vogtland Fluorit auf Quarz, Zobes, Vogtland
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted natural size from a 2-inch specimen in the artist's collection.
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