American, 1819 - 1904

The Amethyst, Brazil

Date: 1863 - 1865

Martin Johnson Heade began his career as a painter fascinated by the effects of light on landscape, especially in watery areas, such as within marshes and along beaches. But more exotic subjects eventually captivated his attention. Beginning in 1863 he undertook a series of three long trips to Central and South America that forever changed his style, ushering in a preoccupation with lush tropical landscapes and, in particular, the tiny, yet distinctive, hummingbird.

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Medium: Oil on panel

Dimensions: H: 12 3/4 x W: 10 3/4 in.

Accession: 0009

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Subject Pictures

Tags: Oil , Panel , Amethyst , Brazil , Birds , Nest

Purchased Sept. 10, 1984 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Joseph Bradley Heed, (half brother of the artist), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charles Rittenhouse Heed, (son of Joseph Bradley Heed), Philadelphia Pennsylvania; and Charles Heed, (son of Charles Rittenhouse Heed), Devon, Pennsylvania.