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Maker(s):Heade, Martin Johnson
Culture:American (1819-1904)
Title:Three Red Roses in a Metal Vase on Gold Velvet
Date Made:ca. 1883-1900
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:Stretcher: 18 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 47 cm x 26.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2010.95
Credit Line:Gift of John A. Quisenberry (Class of 1960)

Label Text:
A student of Edward Hicks (whose Peaceable Kingdom is displayed near the museum's entrance), Heade worked variously as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and still life. Initially using as his base New York's legendary Tenth Street Studio Building--where Heade established a close friendship with Frederic Edwin Church (whose The Fountain is also on view)--Heade traveled the eastern United States, through Central and South America, and to England in search of his subjects.

Following his move to St. Augustine, Florida, in 1883, Heade brought renewed attention to his still-life compositions, painting a succession of exquisite renderings of specific flowers--magnolias, white Cherokee roses, and (as in this example) red roses--often presented on swathes of richly-colored velvet.

The Mead received Three Red Roses from John A. Quisenberry, Class of 1960, an attorney and an astute collector, who has generously planned for the entirety of his distinguished collection to come eventually to Amherst College.

EEB, 2013

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