Nov 10, 2010
Nov 10, 2010

Orchid Blossoms

Orchid Blossoms


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 1915.461



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.

See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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