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The Communicant, ca. 1900

  • Gari Melchers, American, 1860-1932

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 63 1/4 × 43 inches (160.7 × 109.2 cm)
  • 80 1/2 × 59 1/8 × 7 1/4 inches (204.5 × 150.2 × 18.4 cm)

Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Swift

69.527

On View

  • American W291

Department

American Art before 1950

Signed, upper left: Gari Melchers

Gari Melchers. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swift family (Middlebury, Vermont, USA)

1969-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

13th Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1900, p. 33, no. 164. 121st Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Philadelphia, 1926, p. 38, no. 177 (ill.). Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1927, p. 1, no. 12 (pl. 12). Lewis-Hind, H. Gari Melchers, Painter. New York, 1928, n.p. (ill.). Catalogue of a Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings Representative of the Life Work of Gari Melchers, N.A. Exh. cat., Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Gallery. Buffalo, 1930, p. 13, no. 27 (ill.). A Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers. Exh. cat., American Academy of Arts and Letters. New York, 1933, p. 18, no. 32 (ill.). A Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Gari Melchers. Exh. cat., Carnegie Institute. Pittsburgh, 1934, no. 30 (ill.). Gari Melchers—A Memorial Exhibition of his Work. Exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, 1938, p. 29, no. 71. Dreiss, Joseph G. Gari Melchers: His Works in the Belmont Collection. Charlottesville, VA, 1984, p. 58.

Gari Melchers, The Communicant, ca. 1900, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Swift, 69.527.