Several years ago I found a slightly scruffy picture in an even scruffier frame at a flea market in San Antonio, but I fell in love with it on the spot and went home hugging my little purchase to myself, much pleased. In fact the picture was just cut out from a magazine, but I really didn’t care. It took pride of place in my living room. When I left the US, I left nearly everything behind, but I brought that picture back, even though the lady who bought my house tried to tempt me to part with it by offering me a ridiculous sum.
For the last 10 years or so, I’ve been trying to find out who painted it and what it’s called. I thought it was vaguely Andrew Wyeth Senior-ish, but not. My knowledge of American art isn’t great and I failed to discover the artist – until today when I found out that he was a German immigrant, Julius Gari(baldi) Melchers, and the picture is unsurprisingly entitled Mother And Child, and the artist painted it in 1906. It hangs in the Art Institute Chicago.
I’ve even found a litho which I’m thinking of buying myself for Christmas, although nervous about getting it shipped as things have a habit of disappearing in the US/UK postal systems.
And what is all the fuss about? See for yourself. I hope you like it too!