Saturday, August 2, 2008

Buried Treasure


Martin Johnson Heade
"Haying on the Marsh"


This week an "unnoticed" Martin Johnson Heade painting sold for $1 million. Seems it had been in the family for generations, and nobody gave it much thought.

I'm a big fan of Heade's, and am always interested in seeing another work of his. But it was this line in the article that really caught my eye:

Heade painted in the 19th century, but wasn't popular then. Because his paintings were purchased by middle-class families, not collectors, many of his landscapes and still lifes have recently turned up in homes and at yard sales.
I have no way of knowing for sure, but I suspect that would describe most of the population that is purchasing art online. It could make for an interesting marketing line: "Buy this painting. Your descendents will rejoice."

4 comments:

Katherine said...

So, Jeff, going to include the line in your own blurb? You should!

Jeff Hayes said...

It is tempting :)

Deborah Paris said...

Thanks for posting this Jeff. Heade as well as Inness are major influences in my work. Wonderful to see his work getting the attention it deserves.

Jeff Hayes said...

I can see some of the influence, and the appeal!

In 2000 there was a major Heade exhibit in Boston. There might have been as many as 100 paintings, including a lot of his South American works, which were really special. It was a terrific show.

-Jeff