Heade Martin Johnson - Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 126 botanical

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist painted this oil on wood in 1871 and the original artwork now hangs in the National Gallery of Art who describes the painting thus;Heade offered viewers an intimate glimpse into the exotic recesses of nature's secret garden. Lichen covers dead branches; moss drips from trees; and, a blue-gray mist veils the distant jungle. An opulent pink orchid with light-green stems and pods dominates the left foreground. To the right, perched near a nest on a branch, are a Sappho Comet, green with a yellow throat and brilliant red tail feathers, and two green-and-pink Brazilian Amethysts. Perhaps inspired by the writings of Charles Darwin, the artist studied these subjects in the wild during several expeditions to South America. The precisely rendered flora and fauna seem alive in their natural habitat, not mere specimens for scientific analysis. Defying strict categorization as either still life or landscape, Heade's work reflects the artist's unerring attention to detail and his delight in the infinitesimal joys of nature." Antique Botanical print #126

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