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Market Scene from the Workshop of Frans Snyders

  American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) collected the work of others, including Old Masters like Flemish painter Frans Snyders. Snyders’ workshop produced the monumental painting Market Scene, on view in the dining room at Belmont.  A still life tour de force, it was acquired by Melchers at Knickerbocker Art Gallery, New York, in 1906 for […]

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The Spirit of the House

In the main hallway at Belmont, Gari Melchers‘ last home in the village of Falmouth, on the door into the library, hangs a small framed, hand-lettered sign.  In its way, this saying epitomizes the spirits of Gari and Corinne Melchers and their life at Belmont. Since many visitors to Gari Melchers Home and Studio comment […]

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To look is to see the last robin of the year.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot The colors of the leaves this autumn are spectacular!  With the late afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the south end of the lawn, their colors are […]

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“i would rather learn from one bird how to sing…”

At Belmont, looking northwest In southern Stafford County, on the heights above the Rappahannock River, sits Belmont, the former home of the American artist, Gari Melchers.  After the artist’s death in 1932, his widow Corinne arranged to bequeath the estate to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Due to Mrs. Melchers’ foresight and generosity, visitors from all over the world can […]

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The Art of Entertaining

By all accounts, Gari and Corinne Melchers were very social people.  A quick glance through their correspondence and personal photographs gives evidence to this fact.  Whether neighborhood children for ice cream at the general store or entertaining heads of state, the couple enjoyed the company of all people. While in Paris, Gari Melchers probably entertained American artist, Mary […]

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’til the cows come home

Hyacinth, Buttercup and Daisy Gari Melchers was quite fond of seeing his cows in the front pasture at Belmont.  His artistic nature enjoyed the small bucolic tableau they presented.   The story goes that  Melchers would sometimes telephone home from the Fredericksburg train station and ask that the cows be in the field when he and his guests made […]

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The Texture of Photography

  In less than a month, with the coming of Labor Day, summer ends and one of my favorite exhibits at Gari Melchers Home and Studio closes.  The exhibition, Belmont Through a Lens: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston, is a collection of photographs Johnston produced in the late 1920′s.  She had been commissioned by Mrs. Daniel […]

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