Archive for the Tag 'Melchers Museum Shop'

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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Magnolia virginiana

Magnolia honors the French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715); virginiana means “of Virginia.” Magnolia has traditionally been one of the natural greenery used for holiday decorations throughout the southern United States.  In the Fredericksburg area, many fine specimens of the different varieties of magnolia can be seen.  The Melchers Museum Shop has brought in a selection […]

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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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The Case of the Missing Leonardo

The stories of missing art, forgeries and art held hostage are always fascinating.  The plunder of wars and the foundation of fortunes, works of art have been used as financial collateral for centuries. Most artists work in obscurity, with their reputations (and livelihoods) hanging on the opinion of others.  And these “experts” can sometimes be […]

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Fabriano and Sennelier

  Gari Melchers in his Paris studio, ca. 1889. photo courtesy Gari Melchers Home & Studio Recently, the Melchers Museum Shop introduced two lines of art supplies that while new to the shop, are not new to Belmont.  These exceptional products were available to Gari Melchers and most likely were part of his artist’s kit.  […]

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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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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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On Being Cool and Debonair

Gari Melchers in bow tie, hat and gloves. Gari Melchers enjoyed an international reputation as one of the best figure painters of his era (1860-1932).  The subjects of his portraits, as well as the guests in his home, included a president, a prime minister and such household names as Vanderbilt and Mellon.  He represented the United […]

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Pith Helmets and Red Hot Pokers

As these hazy, hot and humid days linger, it  is difficult to maintain one’s fashion sense. But, taking a cue from an earlier era, the use of pith helmets certainly can keep the heat off one’s head, while also adding a certain je ne sais quoi! The Day Campers from Dawning Point Learning Center model […]

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