Johann Friedrich Andreas Heimerdinger was born in Altona on 10th January 1817. He studied under the portraitist, history and genre painter Ferdinand Theodor Hildebrand in Dusseldorf from 1839 until 1842 and, after 1845, at the Munich Academy.
He founded a School of Drawing in Hamburg for painters and sculptors which became very successful due to his excellent teaching ability and it achieved considerable significance. Heimerdinger is important in the history of schools of drawing because he introduced the method of drawing by closely observing actual subjects. The Hamburg Trade School implemented his method and afterwards it was widely used across Germany. In 1857 he published “Elements of drawing following physical subjects” and in 1868 published “Exercises for School and Home”.
His paintings are known for their extraordinary observation of naturalistic detail and are usually comprised of still-lifes of fruit or dead game, particularly in an illusory style with birds hanging from the lids of wooden boxes or from walls. These works became very popular during his career. He exhibited his works regularly, particularly in Vienna at the Academy there between 1869 and 1874 and the museum Kunsthütte Chemnitz has a painting of Autumn Fruit in its collection.
He died in Hamburg on 2nd October 1882 after a long and prolific career.