Hands of the Artist’s Wife with Bird
The artist focuses upon a tender moment between bird and human in this intriguing still life. Heimann’s depiction of his wife’s hands demonstrates their close relationship, and is perhaps an acknowledgment of what she does for him. The open, blue sky symbolises freedom, but the bird aapparently choses to remain.
Heimann was born in Berlin in 1909 and studied under Emil Orlik, and later under Arthur Segal, before fleeing to Shanghai during the Second World War, where he remained until 1945, afterwards immigrating to the USA and settling in California.
Heimann painted portraits, street scenes and many still-lifes often with a sense of heightened realism. Here, the little bird pulling the string taught, seems to be in control, while the much stronger human hand loosely grips the other end. Somehow, human and bird both look comfortable in this scenario.