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scan from the booklet cover

scan from the booklet cover

The name of the painter Robert Heindel (1938-2005) is often associated with dance and contemporary ballet.

The images of the paintings are, at times, better known than the name of the artist that created them. His silkscreens and lithographs with dance themes grace the walls of many contemporary apartments. In essence, he was an autodidact. Heindel’s art experience in a commercial art studio set the pace for the next experience with a correspondence course at the Famous Artists School because money was too tight for tuition at a local art school full time.

Later on, he ended up as a Board Member of the Famous Artists School that had an amazing group of instructors. In the early 1970’s his work graced the covers of Time Magazine, and he was well known for his illustrative and figurative work. When he saw a ballet performance by Rudolf Nurejev and Margot Fonteyn it got him a taste for depicting ballet in various ways, and twenty years later he would be known as the best ballet painter after Degas. Commissioned paintings of musicals like “Cats” and the “Phantom of the Opera” brought him fame and exhibitions.

Naturally, there is more to an artist who loves the other arts, like music, ballet etc. His drawing skills are fabulous. I recently saw some Time Life music cassettes in a deluxe box set version dating back to the early 1980’s. The packaging of this particular series titled “Great Performers” is well done. The several that I have seen have a portrait by Robert Heindel of the performing artist on the cover of the box. The same music was also available usually on a LP.

Inside a typical box would be a 24 page booklet with photographs, anecdotes, a bio of the artist and a description of the music of the cassette tapes. The outside boxes vary in color from white to green and red, and have a very nice calligraphic image of the name of the artist. The white rectangle surface on which the image is printed suffers a bit with age.

img030The coordinated packaging carries the drawing by Heindel on the box cover, the booklet cover and the tape packaging. Interesting, is the fact that outside of the minuscule signature on the cover that is hard to read, there is absolutely no credit given to the artist.


Very good photography is found inside the booklet

img023img022img028Good illustrative art can be found in many places, with a bit of research and framed it would not do too bad in a study either. Here are some other performers with portraits or figures by Robert Heindel in the same series.