The Huntington Store Custom Prints


HAYSTACKS, CA. 1876-1882

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About the Artwork

Martin Johnson Heade painted more than one hundred scenes of tidal marshes. Haystacks depicts a salt marsh during harvest time. The wood boards in the foreground might be used to make a staddle (a haystack frame). Nineteen haystacks and a partially filled hay wagon occupy the middle distance, and in the background a lone figure in a red coat walks away from the field.

Although painted in Florida, Haystacks is probably based on Heade's studies of marshes near Newburyport or Marshfield, Massachusetts. In those works, he concentrated on the different hours of the day, various weather conditions, and water and air as reflectors of light and atmosphere. This painting, with its delicate handling of the gleaming light of sunset reflecting off still water, is characteristic of Heade's portrayal of nature's quiet moods.

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About Our Prints

The Huntington Store Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.