Arthur William Heintzelman

Arthur William Heintzelman

Arthur William Heintzelman

Arthur William Heintzelman

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PROPHECIES are always dangerous, particularly when they apply to the future standing of contemporary artists, yet it seems safe to say that the work of Arthur William Heintzelman is destined to occupy a high place in the realm of etching. Though he is but a young man, on the very threshold of his professional career, his reputation is already firmly established on both sides of the Atlantic, and examples of his art are eagerly sought for, both by private buyers and by the great national collections. His rise to eminence has been rapid indeed, but it has none the less resulted from a normal and healthy artistic growth, and no one who has followed it year by year can question the lasting quality of the foundations on which it is built. Many a man who is merely clever, or who has the wit or good fortune to stumble upon subject matter that has a popular appeal, comes rapidly to the fore in public attention, only to sink out of sight as quickly when it becomes apparent that his work lacks those enduring qualities which are so essential to all true artistic expression.

Heintzelman has not sought the quick road to success, but rather has he approached his art with all the seriousness of the student and the thinker. In these days, when craftsmanship as the masters knew it, is almost unknown, he has spent years in mastering the technical secrets of what is probably the most exacting of all the graphic media, until today he stands untrammeled by the difficulties which beset so many men who have endeavored to express their ideas before they have acquired more than a mere working vocabulary. No lover of the engraver's art can study the etchings of Heintzelman without at once realizing that here is a man who, when he undertakes a plate, knows exactly what he wishes to do, and, knowing this, is perfectly equipped to do it. Such a sure and accomplished touch as his every production vouchsafes, can only come with technical knowledge which is the fruit of long . . .

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