About

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

224 Washington St.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405

Phone: (540) 654-1015
Website: http://www.garimelchers.org

The 18th-century Belmont estate was the home and studio of prominent portraitist and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) from 1916 until his death. The Georgian mansion, outbuildings and formal gardens were modified and expanded to serve as an elegant country retreat for the artist and his wife, who had left their longtime European home at the outbreak of WWI. Melchers was one of the most respected artists of his generation, accomplished as a prominent portraitist and American Impressionist landscape artist. Upon Mrs. Melchers’ death in 1955, the property and all its contents were deeded to the Commonwealth of Virginia, making Belmont one of the most complete and authentic artists’ homes in America. The museum consists of the artist’s home, gardens and studio. The stone studio and galleries house the largest collection of Melchers’ works anywhere.

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Terri Reynolds says:

    I have one of Melcher’s sculptures in my home over my fireplace here in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. I understand that the architect of our home, Albert Kahn was friends with him and as a result he did the sculpture for our home. I am writing as I wanted to know if you would like to have a photo and also, how would I go about having it appraised? Thank you.

  2. Einar says:

    I asm trying to determine if Julius Melchers was the sculptor of the (at least) two figures on the 1877 Detroit Public Library building. Do you know anything about that?

    • Joanna D. Catron says:

      I am not aware of any examples by the sculptor Julius Theodore Melchers at the Detroit Public Library. I visited some years ago and they were quite gracious and escorted us to view Julius Gari Melchers’ murals and other Gari Melchers’ holdings. I would have thought if they possessed them, they would have pointed out works by his father. On our way to visit the DPL we did stop nearby to see on view in a park the Melchers statues of Father Marquette, Father Richard and Lasalle, owned by Wayne State. It would be best to inquire with the Detroit Public Library to determine if they have any examples. There is also a communion railing carved by the elder Melchers at St. Annes Church, Detroit.

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