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Madonna

Artist:
Gari Melchers (American, Detroit, Michigan 1860–1932 Falmouth, Virginia)
Date:
1906 or 1907
Medium:
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions:
47 1/4 x 39 5/8 in. (120 x 100.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Along with George Hitchcock, Melchers settled in Egmond, Holland, on the coast of the North Sea. There they joined a colony of artists painting scenes of local life, often using humble settings for scenes of contemporary piety. In this work, Christian iconography is interpreted using a composition that follows traditional mother-and-child religious paintings, yet the subject is put in a secular, modern context. The decorative style that emphasizes patterns, bright colors and paint surfaces reflects the artist's exposure to Post-Impressionism.
Signature: [at lower center]: Gari Melchers
the artist, until 1911; with Montross Gallery, New York, 1911
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