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lower right: Gari Melchers.

Provenance

Hugo Reisinger [1856-1914], New York, by 1908; his wife, Edmée Busch Reisinger [later Mrs. Charles Greenough, d. 1955], New York; their son, Curt H. Reisinger [d. 1964], New York; gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1895
65th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1895-1896, no. 227, as The Doll.
1895
8th Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, 1895, no. 221, as The doll.
1895
Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1895, no. 869, as La poupée.
1896
Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Berlin, 1896, no. 1459.
1897
2nd Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1897-1898, no. 149.
1898
Possibly Jubeljahr Kunst-Ausstellung, Vienna, 1898.
1899
Exposition Triennale de Gand, Ghent, Belgium, 1899.
1900
13th Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculptures by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, 1900, no. 160, as The doll.
1900
Fine Arts Exhibit of the United States of America, Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, no. 178.
1901
Possibly Internationale Kunstausstellung, Dresden, 1901, no. 466.
1902
Exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, 1902 (no information available).
1903
Possibly 5th Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, 1903, no. 21 in Sala D.
1904
Universal Exposition [Commemorating the Louisiana Purchase 1803], St. Louis, 1904, no. 507.
1905
Exposition universelle et internationale, Liège, Belgium, 1905, no. 49, as Les deux soeurs.
1907
Erste Internationale Mitglieder-Ausstellung, Königliche Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1907, no. 16, repro.
1908
Gari Melchers, Cottier and Company, New York, January-February 1908, no. 6.
1908
Paintings by Gari Melchers, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, March-April 1908, no. 3.
1908
Pictures by Gari Melchers, Saint Botolph Club, Boston, March 1908, no. 9.
1918
Paintings by Gari Melchers, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1918, no. 9.
1919
Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers, Copley Society, Boston Art Club Galleries, 1919, no. 31.
1923
Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1923, no. 17.
1927
Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers, The Century Association, New York, February 1927.
1927
Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers, Detroit Institute of Arts, October 1927, no. 1, repro.
1929
Paintings and Drawings by Gari Melchers, The Anderson Galleries, New York, 1929, no. 18.
1930
Exhibition of a Retrospective Collection of Paintings Representative of the Life Work of Gari Melchers, N.A., Buffalo Fine Arts Academy/Albright Art Gallery, 1930, no. 12, repro.
1930
Paintings by Gari Melchers, N.A., Thomas J. Mitchell and Thirty Cleveland Artists, Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, New York, 1930, no. 6.
1932
Exhibition of Paintings by Gari Melchers, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 1932-1933, no. 15.
1934
A Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Gari Melchers, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1934, no. 66.
1938
Gari Melchers: A Memorial Exhibition of His Work, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1938, no. 93.
1970
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1970-1984.
1987
Extended loan for use by Vice President and Mrs. Bush, Washington, D.C., 1987-1989.
1990
Gari Melchers: A Retrospective Exhibition, Mus. of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida; Telfair Academy, Savannah, Georgia; National Academy of Design, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts; Virginia Mus. of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1990-1991, no. 26, repro.
1993
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, U.S. Embassy residence, Vienna, Austria, 1993-1997.
1999
Paris 1900: 'The American School' at the Universal Exposition, Montclair Art Mus.; Mus. of Am. Art of the Penn. Acad. of the Fine Arts, Phil.; Columbus Mus. of Art; Elvehjem Mus. of Art, Univ. of Wisc., Madison, 1999-2001, no. 46, repro.
2001
Extended loan for use by Ambassador William Stamps Farish III, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 2001-2004.
2009
Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah; Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Singer Museum, Laren, The Netherlands, 2009-2011, no. 43, repro.
Bibliography
1909
Brinton, Christian. "The Collection of Hugo Reisinger, Vol. I: German and American Pictures." International Studio 38 (August 1909): 29-37, illus. 33.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 82, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 198, repro.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 180, repro. 182.
1990
Lesko, Diane. Gari Melchers: A Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1990: 92-95, 195-196.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 235, repro.
1998
Torchia, Robert Wilson, with Deborah Chotner and Ellen G. Miles. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 4-7, color repro.