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A prominent painter of the Luminist movement, Martin Johnson Heade focused on floral still-lifes during the latter part of his career. These floral scenes are similar to his earlier landscapes: he would produce a series of images from the original prototype, using the same compositional techniques with carefully plotted details and patterns. Set against a plain, uncluttered background, often a velvet dropcloth as in this work, his flowers possessed an almost sculptural quality. In Giant Magnolias he places them in a distinctly horizontal arrangement and treats them with what one critic called "a delicate orchestration of light and color." Luminist...
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Martin Johnson Heade seems to have first become interested in the tropics because of his friend Frederic Church's monumental work, Heart of the Andes. He made his first trip south to Brazil in 1863 where, over the course of a year, he created a series of 40 small Luminist works featuring hummingbirds and orchids. Heade followed up with trips to Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama, and Jamaica, each time adding more lush foliage and tropical birds into his repertoire. His move to St. Augustine, Florida in 1883 cemented his focus on the surrounding tropical marshland and the flora and fauna that filled...
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The son of a general store owner, Martin Johnson Heade was born in Lumbersville, Pennsylvania and received his early training from the renowned folk artist Edward Hicks who lived in the area. By 1839 Heade was supporting himself painting portraits and profited enough to live in Rome for two years. On his return to the U.S., he exhibited regularly in Philadelphia and New York. Around 1857, he met several Hudson River School artists and began painting landscapes in that style. However, he was soon drawn to the smaller, light-filled works characteristic of Luminism from which stem his best-known landscapes. A trip to the tropics focused his attention on...
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