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Orchid Blossoms

Orchid Blossoms

1873

Martin Johnson Heade

(American, 1819-1904)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 47.6 x 40 x 7 cm (18 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 38.1 x 30.6 cm (15 x 12 1/16 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 461.1915

Description

In 1863 Heade took the first of three trips to South America, with an amateur naturalist, the Reverend C. J. Fletcher, to do studies for a projected (though never published) book on hummingbirds. As an outgrowth of that experience, Heade made a large number of paintings of birds and flowers, especially orchids, in a tropical setting. In this way he combined his main interests of still life and landscape--a union of themes he maintained in his work into the 20th century. The paintings are characterized by meticulous and precise rendering of detail and high-keyed luminescent color.

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Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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