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GARI MELCHERS (August 11, 1860 – November 30, 1932)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Naturalism
  • ARTiFact: Over the door to his studio he nailed a plaque proclaiming his artistic credo “Waar en Klaar” (Dutch for “true and clear“).
  • Artist Quote: “Nothing matters in this world to the painter, but a good picture. And it must be a mighty good one to compete with those already done. Galleries are full of masterpieces, and the bad painter has no place – and he should have none.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The Sermon, 1886.

Gari Melchers. The Sermon. 1886.

MARTIN HEADE (August 11, 1819 – September 4, 1904)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Romanticism, Luminism
  • ARTiFact: In 2004, he was honored with a stamp from the U.S. Postal Service featuring his painting, Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth, 1890.
  • Artist Quote: “I find landscape painting not so easy as I supposed; for I have to broil under an umbrella half a day at a sitting, and the hottest, sunniest days are the best.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport, 1866-67.

Martin Johnson Heade. Approaching Storm, Beach Near Newport. 1866-67.

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