Gari Melchers Home and Studio will lend a painting from its collection to an important exhibition on artists from the Golden Age of American Illustration.
Arab and Hound, painted in 1868 by Gustave Boulanger, will be featured in “Wyeth, Parrish, Rockwell and the European Narrative Tradition,” being organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, from June 9 through October 28, 2018.
Artists N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell are three of the most recognized narrative picture makers of the past century. This exhibition will demonstrate how they were the direct heirs of the European storytelling tradition through an unbroken line of teachers and students that included Gustave Boulanger, one of the leading French academic painters of his day and a teacher of Gari Melchers at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the private Academy Julian.
The Boulanger example is one among approximately 100 paintings in the exhibition, created across a span of five centuries, from the Italian masters, to the courts of France, the academies of 19th century Paris and across the Atlantic to the schools of New York, Pennsylvania and beyond. Together, these works make a powerful statement and a strong argument for the quality and significance of American Illustration.
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.
For directions and more information, call 540-654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.