Work of Art: Lotus Flowers: A Landscape Painting in the Background
Martin Johnson Heade
American
1819-1904
Lotus Flowers: A Landscape Painting in the Background
circa 1885-1900
Oil on canvas
16 7/8 x 36 in. (42.9 x 91.4 cm)
Gift of the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation, in honor of Mrs. Sarah Graham Kenan

Though he began his career as a portraitist, Martin Johnson Heade is remembered now as a painter of landscapes and floral compositions. This picture is an interesting hybrid of both subjects, all the more curious in that the landscape backdrop is itself a painting.

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