Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819-1904
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Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
2017
Wild: Michael Nichols,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
2014
100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration,
Montclair Art Museum

Martin Johnson Heade painted both still lifes and landscapes, paying exquisite attention to detail and bringing a scientific naturalism to all of his works. Though he was friendly and associated with the Hudson River School painters, Heade eschewed grandeur, focusing instead on atmospheric effects, light, and the humble, intimate details of a scene. A peripatetic artist, he moved around the U.S. and traveled to Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama, and Jamaica, where he created jewel-like paintings of tropical flowers and birds.