Archive for the Tag 'Gari Melchers'

The Artist’s Shop Part One: Pencils, Paints, Charcoal and Crayons

One reason Gari Melchers Home and Studio is such a valuable educational asset, is its archives.  It is an archives not only of letters and receipts, photographs and newspapers, it is also a repository of Gari Melchers’ tools.  The palettes on which he mixed his paints are here with tubes and tubes of paints. Watercolor pans and stoppered […]

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What the heck’s a scrum?

Theodore Roosevelt saw his first game of  football in 1876, when, as  a freshman his alma mater,  Havard, played arch rival Yale.  From that first encounter, he developed a life-long interest in the game, admiring  its potential for building character. But the game at the time was brutish and dangerous, where severe player  injuries and deaths were commonplace.  […]

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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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Ginkgo trees and other curiosities

Standing beside, and slightly behind the Museum Shop at Gari Melchers Home and Studio are two gnarly, but lovely, ginkgo trees.  Planted by Gari and Corinne Melchers in 1921. They are favorites of the staff  when their leaves are such a radiant yellow that they burst with glowing brightness against the deeper blue skies of autumn.  We  […]

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“For unto us a child is born…”

“…unto us a son is given.”  Isaiah 9:6 One of the most commented upon paintings at Gari Melchers Home and Studio is The Nativity.  Featured for the holiday season, our curator, Joanna Catron, has written this accompanying description of the painting and its place the Melchers’ collection. As a note from the Museum Shop, we […]

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“Not a creature was stirring, not even…Pierre!”

The holidays have filled the Gari Melchers Home & Studio Museum Shop  with warm and fuzzy creatures.  Mimicking the critters that inhabit the grounds at Belmont, these creatures will bring some cheer to your holiday decorating. To all those crazed, birdseed-stealing clowns that perform acrobatics off trees, bird-feeders and backporch railings, Earl the Squirrel is their hero.  Along with his […]

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

“I must say that I find television very educational.  The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.” Groucho Marx I admit it. I’m a bibliophile.  As Thomas Jefferson said (and I agree), “I cannot live without books.”  I get a little nervous if the pile beside my bed […]

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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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