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Object Name Portrait
Catalog Number 1976.003.01
Description Portrait in charcoal of Johanna Heileman. Matted and framed under glass. No artist's signature. Subject is a large middle-aged woman, frontal pose, looking out at the viewer. She wears a somber dress, with a high collar with small lace trim at the throat. Her hair is parted down the middle and pulled smoothly back away from the face.
Although the image is drawn in charcoal, a tiny touch of red chalk has been added to the eyes, in the inner corners, with a very effective result.
Collection LCHS Fine Art Collection
Year Range from 1870
Year Range to 1879
Provenance Note accompanying the donation:
"Gottlieb's portrait is companion to this portrait, and hangs in office of Heileman Brewery. The portrait was done in charcoal and tempera by an itinerant painter passing through La Crosse in the 1870s."

Today it is unknown where the matching portrait of Gottlieb resides.
Maker Unknown
Material Paper
Dimensions H-25.75 W-21.5 inches
Height (in) 25.75
Width (in) 21.5
People Heileman, Johanna
Notes Robert Lynch, donor, was the foster child of Ida Heileman and Carl Langenbach.

This drawing was displayed for many years in Swarthout Museum. The guide to the museum's paintings described the subject of this painting thus:

"Johanna Heilemann: Gottlieb Heilemann owned a prosperous brewery in La Crosse and following the death of her husband in 1878, Johanna ran the business until 1881. As well as a wife and mother, Johanna was also a shrewd businesswoman."