Orchids and Hummingbird

Image courtesy of the Museum of Fine arts

This stunning oil on canvas by Martin Johnson Heade is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). It was executed between 1875 and 1883, and is part of a series of paintings pairing hummingbirds and orchids or passion flowers. The hummingbird was one of Heade’s preferred subjects, and they are almost part f his artistic signature. This style of realistic exotic landscapes allowed  him to stand out among his contemporaries and are what make of Heade such a unique artist. I discovered him while visiting the MFA, but his works are distributed among several museums around the world, and I will definitely post some more as he is one of my favorite painters.


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