Gari Melchers Biography | Oil Paintings

8-11-1860 Detroit, USA - 11-30-1932 Falmouth, USA

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Melchers, Gari

Gari Melchers was the son of German-born American sculptor Julius Theodore Melchers, at seventeen his father sent him to study art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Eduard von Gebhardt. Three years later he traveled to Paris, to study at the Académie Julian, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, under Lefebvre and Boulanger.

Attracted by the picturesque countryside of Holland, at the age of twenty-one, he settled at Egmond. In 1882, Gari Melchers exhibited at the Paris Salon, The Letter, which was painted the previous year in Brittany. In 1884, he founded an art colony at Egmond-aan-Zee in Holland with American artist George Hitchcock. His first important Dutch painting, The Sermon, brought him favorable attention at the Paris Salon of 1886.

In 1889, Gari Melchers and John Singer Sargent became the first American painters to win a Grand Prize at the Paris Universal Exposition, four years later his paintings were exhibited at the World Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the following year he was named an Officer of the French Legion of Honor. In 1909 he was appointed Professor of Art at the Grand Ducal Saxony School of Art in Weimar, Germany but because of World War I, he left Germany in 1915 and returned to New York City to open a studio at Abraham Archibald Anderson's Bryant Park Studios building. From 1920 to 1928 he served as the president of the New Society of Artists.

Art Movement: Naturalism.
Artists Influencing Gari Melchers: Eduard von Gebhardt, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Gustave Boulanger.
He Traveled To Germany, France, Holland.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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