Heinz Warneke

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Heinz Warneke

Heinz Warneke , actually Heinrich Johann Dietrich Warneke (born June 30, 1895 in Hagen near Leeste , now part of Weyhe ; † August 16, 1983 in Madison (Connecticut) ) was a German-American sculptor who was mainly known for his animal representations and his direct carving became known.


Heinz Warneke came from Hagen bei Leeste. He trained as a silversmith at Wilkens & Sons in Hemelingen and studied at the teaching institute of the Museum of Applied Arts in Berlin , among others with Karl Blossfeldt .

During the First World War Warneke was a member of the German Monuments Commission [?]; In 1923 he emigrated to the USA and initially lived in St. Louis . From 1927 to 1932 he lived and worked in Paris . After returning to the US, he received several assignments from the Works Progress Administration .

Warneke taught sculpture at various institutions. From 1943 to 1968 he taught in Washington, DC at George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art .

His best known and most widely distributed work through copies and illustrations is the Nittany Lion Shrine , the larger-than-life sculpture of a puma , the mascot of the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania .




  • Mary Mullen Cunningham: Heinz Warneke: 1895 1983 A Sculptor First and Last. (American Art Series) Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press 1994 ISBN 9780874134704

Web links

Commons : Heinz Warneke  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Entry at Find a grave
  2. Entry at Find a grave
  3. Cunningham (lit.) p. 13
  4. McGlauflin, Alice Coe, editor, Who's Who in American Art: Volume II, 1938-1939 , The American Federation of Arts, Inc., Washington DC, 1937. p. 548
  5. Cunningham (Lit.), p. 22
  6. a b Heinz Warneke Papers . Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  7. Heinz Warneke . Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  8. nationalacademy.org: Past Academicians "W" / Warneke, Heinz NA 1966 ( Memento of the original from August 14, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on July 20, 2015)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nationalacademy.org
  9. Wild Boars . Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  10. Prodigal Son from SIRIS.
  11. The Immigrant from SIRIS.
  12. Bears Playing from SIRIS.
  13. Nittany Lion from SIRIS.
  14. African Elephant and Calf from SIRIS.
  15. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=26720
  16. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=26721