Saturday, May 31, 2008

Two Green-Breasted Hummingbirds (1863-1864)

By Martin Johnson Heade. This is one for which a chromolithograph survives.

Brazilian Hummingbirds II (1864-1865)

This is one of the chromolithographs.


Blogger Macy Swain said...

Wow. Those are beautiful. I was just at the DIA and saw one of his hummingbird paintings -- I think it was called "Hummingbirds with Orchids." I thought of you, of course, and I wondered if you'd be willing to say something on your blog about what absorbs you about this man and his work, and how it is, exactly, that you find inspiration for your writing here. I'm teaching a so-called "Green Ink" class to grad students this spring and I'm interested in how nature and/or depictions of nature affect us.

2:37 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


I will have to get over tot he DIA to see their Heade hummingbird(s).

Anyway, I very much like the hummingbird paintings, and I also like the fact that Heade "failed" in his project--he never did get the hummingbird book published. It seems like a poignant story; one with a lot of poetic possibilities. It is also useful that there isn't a lot known about his daily life--therefore, there are many possibilities for a writer to imagine (and construct) a fictional account of his life.

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3:15 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


And I am also a bit tired of "examining my own experience"!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Macy Swain said...

Thanks, Greg, for these words -- both about my bout of weary aphasia and about your hummingbird guy.

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