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

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.