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Martin Johnson Heade : “Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds” (1871)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

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Martin Johnson Heade reveals a hidden world of fragile beauty in this tableau of the Brazilian rain forest. A thriving orchid shares a misty jungle recess with a trio of hummingbirds — a Sappho Comet and two Brazilian Amethysts. Between them, a pair of eggs are just visible inside a tiny nest that rests precariously on the end of a narrow branch. Heade had traveled to Brazil from 1863-1864, where he produced more than forty small paintings of hummingbirds, originally intended for publication in a book titled The Gems of Brazil. While the project was never realized, the effort was clearly not wasted, as he was able to combine, in the present work, the consummate precision of the naturalist with the artist’s vision into the deeper meaning of his subject.

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