Gari Melchers

Gari Melchers
Gari Melchers was an American artist, born in Detroit, who studied in Germany and France in the late 19th century, and settled for a time in Holland. He eventually returned to the US, lived and worked in New York for several years, and eventually retired to Virginia.

His estate in Virginia, Belmont, is now a Gari Melchers house and studio museum, housing an extensive collection of his work; though the official website lacks a gallery of images.

Melchers combined naturalism with the painterly influence of the French Impressionists. His subjects were often domestic scenes, particulalry his wife and child, as well as scenes of devotion — sometimes combined, with hinted halos in portraits.

He became well known and in demand in Europe, though less so in the US. He is much less well known these days than his contemporaries like Sargent, William Merritt Chase and others among the American Impressionists who shared some of the same esthetic influences.


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