Paintings of renowned impressionist artist Gari Melchers will be on display nationally in new museum exhibitions this spring: Monet and American Impressionism opens Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and Gari Melchers: American Impressionist At Home and Abroad opens Thursday, March 5 at the Bellarmine Museum, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. The paintings are on loan from Gari Melchers Home and Studio.
“Countless European-trained Americans enjoyed critical and commercial success at the end of the 19th century, but their reputations were diminished by the often sensational competition of the modernists,” said Gari Melchers Home and Studio curator Joanna Catron. “Traveling exhibitions give artists like Gari Melchers a second chance for discovery and appreciation.”
Monet and American Impressionism features 70 works of art that demonstrate how American artists responded to the paintings of Claude Monet and his French contemporaries. Paintings dated between 1880 and 1920, including five by Monet and by leading figures in American Impressionism, such as Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, and Childe Hassam, will explore how the innovations of French Impressionism were adapted and ultimately paved the way to a uniquely American style of painting. Melchers’ paintings depict two Manhattan scenes, Bryant Park (Twilight), c. 1906-1907 and Hudson River, c. 1907, to illustrate the beauty and vibrancy of the city.
The exhibition will travel to the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 25 through Sept.20. It will have its final venue at the Telfair Museums of Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 16 through Jan. 24, 2016.
Gari Melchers: American Impressionist At Home and Abroad,organized by Catron for the Bellarmine, showcases 23 works of art drawn from the Fredericksburg collection. It surveys more than a half century of Melchers’ career, with key examples of the varied themes he favored, including landscapes. On March 5, Catron will present an illustrated lecture at the Bellarmine discussing the artist’s legacy.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit garimelchers.umw.edu.