Martin Johnson Heade

Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds, about 1870-83

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Photograph © 2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

About the Artist

Martin Johnson Heade (born Aug. 11, 1819, Lumberville, Pa., U.S. — died Sept. 4, 1904, St. Augustine, Fla.) was a U.S. painter. He studied in Europe and Britain, then returned to the U.S. to take up portrait and landscape painting. An avid naturalist, he made extensive trips in South and Central America and the Caribbean (1863 – 70), where he produced luminous, meticulously detailed images of the tropical forests and landscapes. The New England coast and the rocky shore of Lake George, N.Y., also inspired notable paintings. He was a leading exponent of luminism.