Daniel Garber

Daniel Garber was an American landscape artist in the early twentieth century known for his paintings of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and for his exemplary teaching skills. Born in Manchester, Indiana on April 11, 1880, Garber began his art education at the age of sixteen. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati for a year in 1897 before moving to Philadelphia. There, he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1899 and opened his first studio in PA a few short years later where he worked as a portraitist and commercial artist. He began teaching at the Academy in 1909 and held a position there for the next 41 years.

In 1905, he won the Cresson Traveling Scholarship which allowed him the funds to travel to Europe. While abroad, Garber developed his Impressionist style through influences from Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). He began including fantasy and reality in his landscapes, creating scenes with pastels and sunlight throughout. He included figures in his landscapes, which was unique to the era with detailed trees, branches and other foliage. Many of his scenes were of quarries and woods in Bucks County, Pennsylvania though he was known to complete a few portraits. In 1907, he purchased a farm in Lumberville, PA and continued teaching until his retirement in 1950. Daniel Garber passed away eight years later on his farm, but not before receiving over 30 awards for his artwork.