My name is Alexandra, and I am a senior at the University of Mary Washington majoring in Art History. I am spending my summer as an intern at Gari Melchers Home & Studio under Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby. I’m enjoying my time immersed in the world of Gari Melchers.
My first project involved compiling an online directory of institutions that own a Gari Melchers’ painting. Belmont visitors are always eager to learn more about this information and are curious about additional works of art not in the Belmont collection.
This was a fun assignment because summer is right around the corner, and I feel I’ve caught the art travel bug. Stop by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (Second Floor, Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building) to see his War and Peace murals. While in Detroit, visit the Detroit Public Library to check out his set of three Michigan-based murals.
In most cases, it’s hard to guess whether museums will have Melchers’ pictures on display or not. Don’t worry! Now, thanks to museums digitizing their collections, you can “visit” a large number of his works online. I hope you’ll enjoy perusing through this virtually-curated collection of Gari Melchers’ work. Scroll below the image gallery for links to even more works.
A Sampling of Institutions
Owning Pictures by Gari Melchers
Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Mother and Child (1909), Peace (Study for Four Figures for Mural Decoration in Congressional Library, Washington, D.C.) (c.1900)
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Thomas Pitts (1887), Vespers (1888), Mrs. Samuel Mountfort Pitts (1888), Head of Thomas Pitts (1889), The Wedding (c.1900), The Fencing Master (c.1900), Interior (c.1900), General Alger (1906), Helen Lothrop Prall (1884), The Communicant (c.1900), Mother and Child
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Joan of Arc
Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
The Unpretentious Garden (1903-1909), Joseph Hilton (1915), Portrait of George Johnson Baldwin (1919), Vespers (c.1892), Thomas Henry Bowles (1909), Madonna of the Fields (c.1895-1900)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Indian Summer (c.1901), Study of a Fisherman (c.1900-1930), The Last Supper (c.1900), Judge John Barton Payne (1930), Maddona of the Rappahannock (1923), The White Church (c.1907), Pulpit, Schermerhorn Church (c.1900-1930), Sun Spots in an Arbor, (c.1900-1930), Figure Studies, (c.1900-1930), Study of Man Standing, (c.1900-1930)