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Vase of Mixed Flowers

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Today Heade is probably best known for his pictures of orchids [47.1164], magnolias [47.1169], water lilies [47.1165], and other flowers in which he focused on one, two, or three blooms. Painted life-size in a natural setting, their forms are often sexually suggestive. Throughout his life,...

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Lower right: M.J. Heade


By 1884, William B. Bement (1817-1897), Philadelphia, Pa.; February 1899, Bement Collection auction, to C. Kavanaugh. 1948, with A. Frederick Mondschein, New York; 1948, sold by A. Frederick Mondschein to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

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Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865

about 1872


43.81 x 34.29 cm (17 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas