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Artist
Gari Melchers
Title
Vespers
Date
c. 1892
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 47 1/2 × 38 1/4 inches (120.7 × 97.2 cm)Framed: 58 3/4 × 49 3/4 × 4 inches (149.2 × 126.4 × 10.2 cm)Sight: 47 1/4 × 38 inches (120 × 96.5 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase in honor of Holly Koons McCullough with funds provided by the Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society and Dale and Lila Critz
Accession Number
2011.9
Vespers portrays all the hallmarks of Gari Melchers’s early work: rural Dutch subject matter, a vibrant and colorful palette, and an interest in decorative pattern and texture. Melchers portrayed the Dutch villagers as hard-working, strong, and devout, and his pictures tapped into a nostalgic yearning for traditional rural life during a time of rapid industrialization.

This painting was originally owned by Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) of Berlin, an industrialist, writer, and politician who founded the German Democratic Party.