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Daniel Garber (American, 1880–1958), , School Days (also titled Up the Delaware)

Daniel Garber (American, 1880–1958), , School Days (also titled Up the Delaware)

Item Description:

Daniel Garber (American, 1880–1958)
School Days (also titled Up the Delaware)
Signed 'Daniel Garber' bottom right; also inscribed with title and artist on bottom stretcher verso
18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9cm)
Executed in the late 1930s.
In a Bernard Badura frame.
PROVENANCE:
The Artist.
The Estate of the Artist.
Collection of Mary Franklin Garber, the Artist's wife.
The Estate of Mary Franklin Garber.
Collection of John Franklin Garber, the Artist's son, by 1978.
Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Private Collection.
McClees Galleries, Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above in 1986.
Private Collection, Pennsylvania.
EXHIBITED:
"Daniel Garber Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, and Charles Grafly Sculpture," Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 29-February 28, 1965, no. 31.
"Daniel Garber (1880-1958): American Impressionist," March 14, 1979-April 21, 1979, Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Daniel Garber: Romantic Realist," James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, January 27-May 6, 2007.
LITERATURE:
Artist's Record Book I, p. 36, lines 31-34.
Lance Humphries, Daniel Garber: Catalogue Raisonné, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2006, Vol. I, p. 151 (illustrated).
Lance Humphries, Daniel Garber: Catalogue Raisonné, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2006, Vol. II, cat. P 657, p. 236 (illustrated).
NOTE:
Although he is mostly known for his idyllic renderings of deserted landscapes, Garber occasionally included figures in his compositions. They took on a more prominent role as the artist grew older, becoming almost common in the works he executed in the late 1940s, and revealing a liking for realist, almost social, works. As opposed to his earlier pastoral idyllic scenes, the figures do not blend with the background, but act as the focal points of the canvas – they are the main subject matter. As Lance Humphries explains: "Images such as (...) 'School Days' (...) were a radical departure from the work that had made the artist famous, such as 'Hawk's Nest,' not only in their subject matter - people going about daily life - but in their much less decorative compositions." Indeed, Garber sets out to record the daily activities of his neighbors, which he depicts in an urban setting rather than within the vicinity of a barn or a farm building. The present painting, as its title indicates, features a row of elegant women waiting for their children to be released from school. The scene takes place near New Hope, the epicenter of Bucks County. The proximity between the figures suggest a shared common interest and seems to demonstrate a small-town community living in harmony with one another and their surroundings.

AUCTION
$ 50,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 109 in American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists
AUCTION DATE: Dec 6, 2020 at 2:00pm EST

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