Vespers (1888). Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932). Oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of the Arts. Melchers, with fellow artist George Hitchcock, established a studio at Egmond aan Zee, a small fishing village on the North Sea in the Netherlands. Rural Dutch life appealed to the artist, and many residents of the village served as models in his paintings. He chronicled the daily life of his neighbors, which included their celebrations and religious worship.