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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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Number of artworks found: 24 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit, Ssbr. Glockenpöhl, Bösenbrunn 2000 Fluorit, Ssbr. Glockenpöhl, Bösenbrunn 2000
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted natural size from a 4.5-inch specimen in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Aurichalcite & Quartz, Mina La Labor, Honduras Aurichalcite & Quartz, Mina La Labor, Honduras
Watercolor and art pencils (2004), painted actual size from a 2.9-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Achat, Halsbach bei Freiberg, Sachsen Achat, Halsbach bei Freiberg, Sachsen
Watercolor and art pencils (2000), painted actual size from a 10-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Späthiger Braunkalk (Siderite), Himmelfahrtschacht bey Freiberg Späthiger Braunkalk (Siderite), Himmelfahrtschacht bey Freiberg
Watercolor and art pencils (2003), painted actual size from a 2.5-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Pyrit, Brosso, Piemonte Pyrit, Brosso, Piemonte
Watercolor and art pencils (2003), painted actual size from a 3.3-inch specimen and label in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Topaz, Auerbach Topaz, Auerbach
Watercolor and art pencils (2003), painted actual size from specimens up to 3.6 inches, with label, in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Fluorit, Dörfel bei Annaberg, Erzgebirge Fluorit, Dörfel bei Annaberg, Erzgebirge
Watercolor and art pencils (2003), painted natural size from specimens up to 2.8 inches in the artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Martin Haubenreisser - Kieselholz (Petrified Wood), Blue Forest, Wyoming Kieselholz (Petrified Wood), Blue Forest, Wyoming
Watercolor and art pencils (2003), painted natural size from a 7.2-inch specimen in the artist's collection.
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