Daniel Garber 1880-1958

Carversville, Springtime

  • 30 1/8 x 28 1/4 inches (76.5 x 71.8 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 1935

Why We Love It

Garber is undoubtedly one of the most highly esteemed among the school of Pennsylvania Impressionists, and this landscape of Carversville is a wonderful example of his later work. Here he eloquently captures the brilliant atmosphere of a clear spring day and the dazzling effect of sunlight glinting off the surface of the flowing stream.  It is Garber at his best, timeless and distinctly American.

The Value

Out of all of the New Hope Impressionists, Garber is arguably the most collectible. His paintings transcend regional interests and speak to the importance of American impressionist landscapes as a whole. There is no mistaking his signature style and beloved subject matter of the area around his home in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.

Artist Background

1880: Born in North Manchester, Indiana; 1897: Enrolled at the Cincinnati Art Academy; 1899: Attended summer classes at the Darby School of Painting in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, where he studied with Thomas Anshutz and Hugh Breckenridge. Met future wife, Mary Franklin, who was student at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (PSDW); 1899-1905: Attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), where he studied with Anshutz, William Merritt Chase, and perhaps Cecilia Beaux; 1905: Awarded PAFA’s Cresson Traveling Scholarship, which allowed him to study for two years in England, Italy and Paris; 1907: Returned to the United States and settled in Lumberville, Pennsylvania (an enclave in New Hope). Began teaching at PSDW; 1909: Awarded First Hallegarten Prize from the National Academy of Design (NAD). Joined faculty of PAFA, where he remained an instructor until 1950; 1910s-20s: Won numerous awards and achieved great critical acclaim; 1915: Won gold medal at Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco; 1919: Began teaching at PAFA’s Chester Springs summer school; 1958: Died from an accidental fall outside his studio.