Gari Melchers Home & Studio

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The 18th-century Belmont estate was the country home and studio of prominent portraitist, muralist, and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The house contains Gari and Corinne Melchers’ original furnishings and personal art collection, the studio houses over 1600 works by Melchers, and the 27-acre grounds feature restored formal gardens and miles of walking trails.

Melchers was one of the most respected artists of his generation as a portraitist, muralist, and landscape painter. Belmont literally reverberates with its past. Because the couple was childless, the property was left in its entirety to the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the result that it is one of America’s best preserved and most richly detailed artist studios and residences. One half expects Gari and Corinne Melchers to walk through the door at any moment, so redolent are their spirits here.

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