Find a bit of respite this holiday season among the lush landscapes and opulent still lifes by one of the most important American artists of the 19th century. Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade, on view in the Museum’s new Bradley Family Gallery, is the first major exhibition on the artist in nearly 20 years. Largely forgotten by scholars and collectors after his death, Martin Johnson Heade is now being revisited as one of the most varied and inventive painters of his generation.
Heade was the only major American painter of the time to devote equal attention to landscape, marine, and still-life subjects. He traveled the world and created powerful canvases of thunderstorms at sea, exquisite Victorian still lifes of flowers, and evocative paintings of South American hummingbirds accompanied by tropical orchids.
The warmth and sheer beauty of this exhibition make it one everyone can enjoy this holiday season.