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Heinrich Harder (2 June 1858 – 5 February 1935) was a German artist and an art professor at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin.[1]

Heinrich Harder
Born(1858-06-02)2 June 1858
Died5 February 1935(1935-02-05) (aged 76)
OccupationScientific illustration
Diplodocus, c. 1916
Old facade of the Berlin Aquarium with Harder's mosaic images and his sculpture of Iguanodon

Heinrich Harder, as a landscape painter, exhibited paintings inspired by the scenery of Lüneburg, Mecklenburg, the Harz mountains, Sweden and Switzerland, at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung in 1891.

He also illustrated natural history articles. These included a series accompanying Wilhelm Bölsche articles on earth history for Die Gartenlaube, a weekly magazine. He also illustrated 60 dinosaur and other prehistoric animal collecting cards for the Reichardt Cocoa Company, titled "Tiere der Urwelt" with accompanying text by Wilhelm Bölsche.

In 1913, Harder designed a series of mosaics on the facade of the aquarium of the Berlin Zoo. They show primeval creatures like dinosaurs and ammonites.


  1. ^ Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays par un groupe d'écrivains spécialistes français et étrangers Paris : Gründ, c1999 (new edition)