May 26, 2024

Rarely Seen President Theodore Roosevelt Portrait by Gari Melchers Included in New Smithsonian Exhibition

The 1908 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Gari Melchers appears next to a statue of a Tang Dynasty bodhisattva at the National Museum of Asian Art.

The 1908 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Gari Melchers appears next to a statue of a Tang Dynasty bodhisattva at the National Museum of Asian Art.

As part of the Freer Gallery’s centennial celebration, the portrait painted by American artist Gari Melchers of President Theodore Roosevelt is now on view at the National Museum of Asian Art’s exhibition, “Freer’s Global Network: Artists, Collectors and Dealers.” 

“Gari Melchers Home & Studio, which houses the largest collection of Melchers’ work in the world, is excited about Melchers’ work reaching audiences on a larger scale in Washington, D.C.,” says Executive Director of University of Mary Washington Museums Scott Harris. 

Related articles 

Why the U.S. Rejected—Then Embraced—a Detroit Industrialist’s Rare Collection of Asian Art, Smithsonian Magazine, December 16, 2022 

Painting a President, Gari Melchers Home and Studio blog post 

Theodore Roosevelt’s Portrait by Gari Melchers, White House History Quarterly