Thursday, June 26, 2008

Two Sun Gems on a Branch (1864)

This is what I hope to work on this weekend--something about this painting by Martin Johnson Heade.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., the leading authority on Heade, wrote: "In his journal, [Heade] noted, 'This rather rare bird was discovered by Prince Maximilian in the interior of Brasil. Very little is known of its habits, & no well authenticated specimen of its nest has yet been found. The female of the bird is the largest, & the tail is longer and has broader feathers than that of the male. Saw but two in Brasil.'"

-Theodore Stebbins, Jr., Martin Johnson Heade, Yale University Press (1999), p. 76.


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