Wife & Model

While headed to Italy on a transatlantic cruise ship in 1902 with her mother and younger brother, twenty-one year old art student Corinne Lawton Mackall writes in her diary, I am prostrate and overjoyed at finding Gari Melchers’ name on the passenger l …

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Corinne Melchers: Reluctant Artist

Corinne Melchers, circa 1903 Our benefactress, Corinne Melchers, remains somewhat of an enigma today. Did you know she was a painter? While her surviving letters tell us about her daily activities, they fail to answer some of our more penetrating quest …

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Gari Melchers: American Master 1860-1932

The name Gari Melchers once held true star power.  At the pinnacle of his career, Melchers occupied studios in Paris, Holland and New York, was represented in museums at home and abroad, and was a critical and commercial success. He was exceptiona …

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An Artist’s Fascination with Light

As an expatriate in Holland, Germany, and Paris and back in the United States, every time Gari Melchers pulled up stakes he was compelled to find a new studio to work in. First considerations were always given to light —and not just any light—northern …

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Gari Melchers’ Use of Photography

Gari Melchers was a painter in oil, watercolor and pastel. While some explored the possibilities of photography as an art form, the technology held little attraction for him other than how it might save him time and expense. Preliminary photographic re …

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Wonderful Wallpaper

Wonderful Wallpaper Whenever American artist Gari Melchers (1860-1932) found something he thought especially aesthetically pleasing, he tended to incorporate it in his work over and over again. Whether a favorite patterned cape, a particular dress, or …

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The Early Modern Masterpiece That Might Have Been Ours

  When the National Gallery of Art opened the exhibition Degas at the Races in 1998, Peter Stroh, Gari Melchers’ great nephew, got to wondering if his uncle’s Degas painting would be included in the display. He wrote me to inquire about what I mig …

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How to Postpone your Wedding Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you have an upcoming wedding this spring or summer, you’re probably feeling a whirlwind of emotions – stress, uncertainty, confusion, and disappointment. Our event staff at Gari Melchers Home and Studio is here to support our couples, community, and …

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The Painting That Keeps On Giving

The creation of a work of art, just as with music or poetry, begins with the germ of an idea or a sudden inspiration, suggested by, say, the flash of a girl’s smile or the wind whispering in the trees. The painter is quick to express his first response …

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Garden in Bloom

Although our site is currently closed during the COVID-19 crisis, our garden manager, Jody Wilken, shares what’s blooming in our spring garden. Species tulip, old variety’Wallflower”Yoshino’ close up’Yoshino’ Cherry TreesLoads of Daffys’Money Plant”G …

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