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Gari Melchers was a distinguished late-19th- and early-20th-century artist whose work was well known in Europe and the United States. He spent the major portion of his career as an expatriate, exhibited throughout the art capitals of Europe to great acclaim, and accepted important commissions that brought him to the United States for prolonged periods. His marriage to Corinne Lawton Mackall of Savannah led to a connection with that city's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (later Telfair Museums). There he assumed a pivotal role, acquiring more than 70 paintings for the museum's permanent collection. He is known for his Dutch paintings of everyday life and religious scenes; impressionistic landscapes, murals, and portraits; and leadership in several cultural organizations.
Julius Garibaldi Melchers (Aug. 11, 1860 - Nov. 30, 1932); American artist. He was one of the leading American proponents of naturalism. He won a 1932 Gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
... In 1884, he founded an art colony at Egmond-aan-Zee in Holland with American artist George Hitchcock. His first important Dutch picture, The Sermon, brought him favorable attention at the Paris Salon of 1886.
... In 1889, he and John Singer Sargent became the first American painters to win a Grand Prize at the Paris Universal Exposition. His paintings from the World Columbian Exposition (1893) held in Chicago are now in the Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Besides portraits, his chief works are: The Supper at Emmaus, in the Krupp collection at Essen; The Family, National Gallery, Berlin; Mother and Child, Luxembourg; and the decoration, at the Library of Congress, Washington, Peace and War.