Two Humming Birds: "Copper-tailed Amazili"
Martin Johnson Heade
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
Martin Johnson Heade was inspired not only by the North American landscape, but by South America as well. In 1863 he traveled to Brazil to paint images of “exotic” species of native hummingbirds. He based the works on both direct observation and his collection of hummingbird skins, though he took liberties with the description of the birds’ habitats.
Oil on canvas
11 9/16 x 8 7/16 in. (29.3 x 21.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "M J Heade"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819-1904). Two Humming Birds: "Copper-tailed Amazili," ca.1865-1875. Oil on canvas, 11 9/16 x 8 7/16 in. (29.3 x 21.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 64.208 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.208_SL1.jpg)
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