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Published: 8 March 2017

Daniel Garber's 'Lone Sycamore'

Daniel Garber is a leading Pennsylvania Impressionist, whose landscape paintings depicting the idyllic environs of the New Hope area hang in museums around the country. No small feat for someone originally from North Manchester, Indiana, a small town in the northern part of the state, with a population of just 1,600 at the time of his birth in 1880. After studying at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Garber came to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1899. He married fellow PAFA student Mary Franklin, and, after Garber was awarded the prestigious Cresson Scholarship, the two were able to travel to Europe after leaving the school in 1905 to complete their art education.

Daniel Garber (American 1880-1958) "Lone Sycamore." Estimate $400,000-600,000Upon their return in 1907, Garber settled in Cuttalossa, a hamlet on the Delaware River an hour north of Philadelphia. It was this verdant and varied landscape that would remain his inspiration and subject for the rest of his career. He used a broad spectrum of color for his landscapes and quiet interiors, and the appealing depictions of Bucks County earned him national attention, a teaching position at PAFA, and a seat at the head of New Hope’s colony of Pennsylvania Impressionists. He painted en plein air, the naturalist, outdoors approach championed by French landscape painters Eugene Boudin and Claude Monet. Garber’s paintings are lush and light-suffused, with dense greenery and an obvious appreciation for his adopted home.

Freeman’s is pleased to offer Garber’s magnificent and impressively scaled oil entitled “Lone Sycamore” at the upcoming American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists sale of June 4. Painted circa 1940 and estimated at $400,000-$600,000, it comes fresh to the market from a private Pennsylvanian collection, having previously been in the collection of Harold D. Saylor, a judge on the Philadelphia Orphan's Court and one of Garber's leading patrons.

Garber returned to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1909, this time as a teacher, and remained there as an instructor for over 40 years. “Lone Sycamore” was put on view at the 136th Annual Exhibition at the Academy in 1941, where it was awarded the Popular Prize, the last of the artist's paintings to win a popular vote at a major venue. A retrospective of Garber’s works, titled “Daniel Garber: Romantic Realist” was also exhibited at the Academy in 2007.

Garber remains a leading artist at auction amongst the Pennsylvania Impressionists, a group that also includes George Sotter, Fern Coppedge, and Edward Redfield. Freeman's is proud to be the only auction house with a specialty category dedicated to this collecting genre, and the proven results from past sales of works by these and other Pennsylvania artists has served to reinforce the popularity of the group.

Freeman’s is inviting consignments through early April for our upcoming American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. For more information about selling your art, or to schedule your private, complimentary appointment please contact:
Alasdair Nichol | 267.414.1211 | anichol@freemansauction.com

To be offered 06/04/17: Daniel Garber (American 1880-1958) "Lone Sycamore." Estimate $400,000-600,000

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