"The Unpretentious Garden"
Gari Julius Melchers, 1905
American Impressionist Artist
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
…at the turn of the century, Melchers entered a phase in which he emphasized vibrant color, natural lighting, looser brushwork and decorative pattern. This modified Impressionist style provided a vehicle for his new interest in the subject of modern women and children portrayed in beautiful interiors and gardens: At Home, (Winged Victory); The Unpretentious Garden, The Open Door and The Christening). Interestingly, the pronounced gaiety of his work in this period coincides with his recent marriage to a young American art student, Corinne Mackall.
Gari Melchers to his fiancé, Corrine Mackell:
“Hopskin Smith (the American painter) once said, ‘it takes two to paint a picture, one to paint it, and the other to hit him over the head with a club when it’s time to stop’ and in the future, you will have to be that other fellow.”
Adapted from the University of Mary Washington website.
Gari Julius Melchers