Martin Johnson Heade
Fighting Hummingbirds with Pink Orchid, c. 1875-1890
Oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 14 inches; Framed: 21 7/8 x 24 7/8
Fighting Hummingbirds with Pink Orchid was first owned by Ramón Paez who travelled to South America with Martin Johnson Heade in the 1860s. Paez was an artist himself and the son of General Jose Antonio Paez, the first president of Venezuela. Ramón worked as a diplomat interested in opening a more robust dialogue between North America and South America.