Amethyst Hummingbird with a White Orchid

Painter: Martin Johnson Heade

Year: ca. 1870-1880

Heade masterfully negotiates representations of the background with close-up views of the money shot, err, let me try that again. Heade paints the natural habitats of exotic flora and fauna with a particular focus on the interrelationship of all God's creatures. In this painting, he depicts the moment shortly before consummation, prior to the hummingbird's encounter with the orchid.