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Mother and Child

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1906

Artist:

Julius Gari Melchers
American, 1860–1932

About this artwork

After studying in Düsseldorf and Paris, Julius Gari Melchers settled in Holland, where he was inspired by contemporary Dutch painters of the Hague School. He specialized in naturalistic depictions of peasant life, including this compassionate rendering of a Dutch woman and her child. Melchers portrayed the pair with vivid intensity, contrasting the mother’s direct gaze with the charming appeal of the baby’s chubby face. The rapid brushwork used to describe the clothing and the swaddling blanket contributes to the freshness of his depiction. In 1906 Mother and Child was exhibited at both the Paris Salon and the Art Institute.

Status

On View, Gallery 273

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Julius Gari Melchers

Title

Mother and Child

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

c. 1906

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed: G. Melchers

Dimensions

63.5 × 54.3 cm (25 × 21 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of James Deering

Reference Number

1925.704

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