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MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE (1819-1904) original 1870 Prang chromolithograph print
Vintage original 1870 Louis Prang chromolithograph, titled on the original label affixed to the reverse "Flowers of Hope", after the painting by the highly important American 19th century artist MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE (1819-1904). The print itself measures 8 1/4" by 14" and the piece as framed 14 1/4" by 19 3/4". Heade needs little introduction among collectors of American art. His paintings of haystacks on luminous Massachusetts marshes, hummingbirds and orchids in exotic tropical jungles, and coldly still images of roses and other flowers in vases and on tabletops, have brought into the millions of dollars at major auctions. Heade was a Victorian and Hudson River painter, but transcended that category, and that is why his works are in such demand. If you admire his work but can't lay out six or seven figures, you might want to choose a "chromo". Louis Prang perfected this print reproduction process during the late 1860's, and today we have a wide range of reproduction art from which to choose; works by Alfred Thompson Bricher, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Thomas Hill, Eastman Johnson, John George Brown and numerous other American masters were suddenly available to a wide public in fine color reproduction. This is one of those prints. Condition is very good, though not flawless. There are a few very, very minor tiny losses, a slight bowing of the board when viewed at an angle, and general oxidation of the nearly 150 year old paper, but overall this is in better condition than most Prang chromolithographs you'll see. See the net for information on Louis Prang of Boston and his contribution to American art history. The frame appears to be of the nineteenth century, and has a few small losses; note the quaint old square nails. See the net for much more information on the artist and Prang. .
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