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The Caress

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Gari Melchers, American, (1860–1932)
The Caress, 1921
Oil on Canvas
22 3/4 in. x 18 in. (57.79 cm x 45.72 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Credit Line: Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young
Accession Number: YO34

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
Modern American Impressionist-style oil painting of a mother, with child in embrace; Melchers began a series of mother-and-child themed paintings after his marriage in 1903. The Caress portrays Julia Payne and her first child, Ivan, who during the early 1920s were frequent models for Melchers.

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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