Born in Philadelphia, Herman Hyneman (1849–1907) reportedly showed great precocity for drawing & eventually attended the Philadelphia Boys Central High School. He never completed his education, instead yearned to be like his cousin, Moses Ezekiel (1844-1917), who had moved permanently to Europe in the late 1860s to work as a sculptor. Bolstered by his cousin’s early success, Hyneman traveled to Europe in 1874, where he began studies with the French artist, Leon Bonnat (1833-1922).
Following the completion of his artistic studies in 1882 & for the next 3 decades, Herman Hyneman exhibited regularly in America at the National Academy, the Salmagundi Club, the Philadelphia Society of Artists, the American Art Association, the American Society of Artists, the Carnegie Institute, & The Art Institute of Chicago. Many of these works were genre scenes, but he also exhibited portraits & an occasional still-life. He also painted scenes of Coney Island, located along the south shore of Long Island, New York, depicting men, women, & children enjoying the sandy beaches.
Herman N. Hyneman (American artist, 1849–1907) Lady in Winter in New York
However, Hyneman is perhaps best remembered today for his paintings of young women out in the snow, most often depicted with various landmarks located in New York City. These paintings were immediately popular, becoming a normal part of the artist’s oeuvre, & during his lifetime were reproduced as postcards, calendars, & in mass-produced prints.
Herman N. Hyneman (American artist, 1849–1907) Winter
Herman N. Hyneman (American artist, 1849–1907) Woman and Newsboy
Herman N. Hyneman (American artist, 1849–1907) Sensation of Wall Street