Though it cannot be verified, there are a number of indications that this painting, which is a copy of the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait, was by his daughter, Jane Stuart (?1812-1888), who was herself a well-known portraitist and widely considered the best copyist of his portraits of Washington. Jane was the youngest of Stuarts 12 children. Though her father gave her no formal training, he used her as a studio assistant from her childhood, having her mix paints for him and later complete his portraits. Stuart drank and frittered away his money; at his death in 1828, he left his...
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...
Created by: Heade, Martin Johnson