{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 36, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/36", "Disp_Access_No" : "1960.006", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1887-1888", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1887", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1888", "Disp_Title" : "The Pilots", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "<i>The Pilots</i>", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Gari Melchers", "Sort_Artist" : "Melchers, Gari", "Disp_Dimen" : "63 1/2 x 79 1/4 x 7/8 in. (161.29 x 201.3 x 2.22 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "63 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "79 1/4 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Stretcher", "Medium" : "Oil on linen", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Oil on linen", "Info_Page_Comm" : "", "Dedication" : "Museum Purchase, 1960.006", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Painting", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "American Early", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "Date changed 12/04/2008 to reflect new research by Joanna Catron, curator of the Gari Melchers House and Studio in Belmont. See catalogue entry in labels for complete information. In 1884, Melchers joined another American expatriate, George Hitchcock (1850-1913), at Egmond-aan-Zee, Holland. There the two artists founded an art colony and built reputations as chroniclers of Dutch peasant life. Melchers'' landmark painting, The Sermon, 1886, was painted in Egmond. It is a monumental canvas in which the painter portrayed a young peasant girl asleep during a church service. Special emphasis was given to descriptive detail and narrative. This honest characterization of working-class life became one of the day''s most beloved examples of rustic naturalism. Fittingly, over the door to his studio he nailed a plaque proclaiming his artistic credo “Waar en Klaar” (Dutch for “true and clear”). The Communion, The Pilots and The Choirmaster followed, garnering him an international audience, especially in America and Germany, where sentiment ran high for the piety and work ethic of the peasant class. It is Melchers best-known work and won a 3rd class medal at the Paris Salon of 1888. Also exhibited at the 1893 Columbian Expo in Chicago and in Dresden, Germany, 1899; Greater Berlin Exhibition, 1900, and numerous other exhibitions. Mentioned on page 510 of Harper''s Monthly, issue of September 1889.", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/1960.006_Low-Res.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/1960.006_Low-Res.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/1960.006_Low-Res.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/1960.006_Low-Res.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "10770", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }