Martin Johnson Heade: Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds
Heade offered viewers an intimate glimpse into the exotic recesses of nature’s secret garden. Lichen covers dead branches; moss drips from trees; and, a blue-gray mist veils the distant jungle. An opulent pink orchid with light-green stems and pods dominates the left foreground. To the right, perched near a nest on a branch, are a Sappho Comet, green with a yellow throat and brilliant red tail feathers, and two green-and-pink Brazilian Amethysts. This artwork is now located in the National Gallery of Art in London, UK.