Max Heilmaier

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Max Heilmaier (born June 19, 1869 in Isen , † August 26, 1923 in Munich ) was a German sculptor and medalist .

life and work

Professor Max Heilmaier 1916
Professor Max Heilmaier with his mother Viktoria around 1915

Heilmaier, who came from an old bourgeois family in Isen, began his apprenticeship and journeyman years in 1882 in the sculptor's workshop of Jakob Bradl the Elder at Stiglmaierplatz in Munich , where he stayed until he was 21 and where he acquired solid craftsmanship. There he met many Munich artists of the time, such as B. Franz Maier, Bernauer, Eberle , who all worked on the castles of King Ludwig II .

In 1891 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he was educated in a naturalistic manner by Professor Syrius Eberle . In 1895 he was awarded the Academy’s Grand Medal.

Heilmaier first went public when he created the peace monument in Munich with Georg Pezold and Heinrich Düll . The monument remained an exception for him in terms of style and genre. Rather, he later tied in with the German-Gothic tradition in small-figured works and was committed to Christian-religious motifs. It was a stroke of luck for Heilmaier to be involved in such a sensational assignment as the Peace Memorial in Munich immediately after leaving the academy. It paved the way for his artistic future.

In 1907 Heilmaier was given the professorship for figurative modeling at the Nuremberg School of Applied Arts . From 1910 he also devoted himself to the art of medals.

Works (selection)


  • Georg Lill : Max Heilmaier, a German sculptor . Parcus Verlag, Munich 1922
  • Friedrich Haack: New works by Max Heilmaier . Arts and Crafts 1920
  • Ludwig Heilmaier: The old Bavarian family of Heilmaier . Munich, loose series, 1920s
  • A Heilmeyer: New work by sculptor Max Heilmaier. Contributions to the formation of the style of contemporary church sculpture. In: The Christian Art . Monthly for all areas of Christian art as well as for the entire art life. Munich, 14th year (1917/1918), No. 1 of October 1, 1917, pp. 1–14.
  • Erika Bosl: Heilmaier, Max, sculptor. In: Karl Bosl (ed.): Bosls Bavarian biography. Pustet, Regensburg 1983, ISBN 3-7917-0792-2 , p. 319 ( digitized version ).

Web links

Commons : Max Heilmaier  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Christian art . P. 2
  2. ^ Philipp Halm: Max Heilmaier . In: Kunst und Handwerk , 60, 1909/10, p. 262
  3. Thieme-Becker Volume 16 (1923) p. 273
  4. Georg Lill: Max Heilmaier . Munich (1922), p. 12.
  5. a b Munich in the picture: Max Joseph Brücke