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Hummingbird and Apple Blossoms

Artist:
Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904)
Date:
1875
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
12 3/16 x 14 1/8 in. (31 x 35.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.490.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 759
A peripheral member of the Hudson River School, Heade was unique in giving equal attention to landscape and still life throughout his career. He was devoted to natural history and first painted apple blossoms around 1865, when he included them in his extensive series of works featuring hummingbirds in a variety of habitats. In this example, the hummingbird is perched on a lower branch and silhouetted against the sky, as recommended by the English critic John Ruskin. The blossoms appear freshly studied from nature and have a light and airy mien, especially against the thick shroud of storm clouds.
with Kennedy Galleries, New York, until 1974; Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, New York, 1974–1979
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