Joseph Antonio Hekking American, 1830-1903


Largely a marine painter, Joseph Antonio Hekking was born in the Netherlands in 1830 and was trained in Paris. He was in New York by 1859 and began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design two years later. One of his landscapes appeared in the Pennsylvania Academy's 1861 exhibition. He would participate in several annual shows until 1875. His featured works include Housatonic Scenery and Moonlight in the Adirondacks, 1861, A Summer Afternoon in New England and another landscape in 1862, Storm in the Adirondacks in the following year, and Night on the Ausable, 1875. Having served in the Civil War in a New York regiment, Hekking divided his time between his service and his career as an artist. He exhibited at the Crystal Palace in New York, the Cosmopolitan Art Association, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Chicago Industrial Exposition, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.


While living on the East Coast Hekking befriended and often worked with Frederick Rondel, who is known as the only formal instructor of Winslow Homer. His works were also compared to those of Jervis McEntee, whose works were extremely popular during the 1880's. Hekking's paintings were inspired by the Adirondack and White Mountains, Connecticut, New York views, and the Jersey shore. His paintings were actively acquired by important collectors including J.S. Farrand, Sarah Holderby, N.L. Lindsey, T. Foster, and George Watter Vincent Smith.


Hartford Art Association (officer)



National Academy of Design, 1859-75 (scenes of Adirondacks)

State Fair, Detroit, MI, 1865

Detroit Institute of Art

Detroit Art Museum, 1875-89

Detroit Art Association, 1875-76, 1893

The Crystal Palace, New York, 1853

Cosmopolitan Art Association, 1858

Utica Art Association, 1868

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1869

Boston, 1869

Buffalo YMCA, 1861

Chicago Industrial Exposition, 1876

Museums and Public Collections

New York Historical Society, Cooperstown, NY

Detroit Institute of Art

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