Gari Melchers: Young Mother (1892-5)

Gari Melchers (1860-1932) Young Mother signed ‘Gari Melchers.’ (center left) oil on canvas 34¾ x 25½ in. (88.3 x 64.8 cm.) Painted circa 1892-95, Image Source: Christie’s

“In this poignant work entitled Young Mother, Gari Melchers portrays a mother and child, a favorite theme throughout the artist’s career, in a form suggestive of religious imagery. Evoking past images of the Madonna and Child and introducing the compositional device of a porcelain plate as a halo. Melchers creates a radiant image of a parent’s eternal love. “Melchers’s large religious genre paintings were major achievements for the young artist and still retain their original depth of meaning and expressive power. The artist’s forthright and realistic style strongly conveys the implicit moral content that underlies the subject matter. The peasants are depicted with an uncompromising honesty that is the stylistic equivalent of their personal sincerity…The carefully orchestrated compositions suggest the ordered structure that religious belief brings to experience.” (J.G. Dreiss, Gari Melchers: His Works in the Belmont Collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1984, p. 16)”


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12 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    A little reminiscent of Thomas Cooper Gotch who painted in nearby Newlyn.

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  2. sienablue says:

    Brings back memories…..

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    1. For me, too, sienablue. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂🌺


    1. I am happy you enjoy this, Cindy. 🙂🌺


  3. mitchteemley says:

    What a beautiful piece. Idealistic, yes, but we all need a dose of the ideal from time to time!

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    1. Agree! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mitch. 🙂

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  4. Such subtle and gentle colors here. It really sets the soft mood and matches the expression.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sheila. 🙂🌺

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