The Art of It: A Naturalist Cometh to Fairfield
Gari Melchers embodies the naturalist movement in his portraits and landscapes
Gari Melchers was a Detroit-born painter whose career took him across America and Europe, achieving critical acclaim and popularity. Notably, Melchers was a proponent of the naturalist movement, which sought a truthful representation of its subjects. His credo, the Dutch phrase “Waar en Klaar,” meaning true and clear, hung above the entrance to his studio. Melchers’ dedication to this philosophy can be seen in his depictions of peasant life while living in the Netherlands in the late 1880s, in his portrait work—most famously painting Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew W. Mellon—and in the Impressionist-inspired landscapes he created later in his career. This oil on canvas entitled “Blue Flowers in a Yellow Pot” is one of 23 of the artist’s works that will be displayed at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum through May 22.