Quarry at Byram

Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958)

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Garber recreated the quarry's raw, craggy features adding an Impressionist play of light across its richly textured surface.

The quarries near the artist's home in Bucks County are an important theme in his work.

Born in Indiana, Garber became a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Daniel Garber and the Landscape of the Delaware River Valley

Daniel Garber was born in 1880 to a Mennonite farm family near North Manchester, Indiana. He eventually settled in Pennsylvania, where he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under William Merritt Chase. He was awarded a fellowship, which allowed him to study in England, France, and Italy. When he returned in 1909, he became a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, teaching painting and drawing for the next forty-one years. Garber was known as one of the leaders of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, or the New Hope School, as the group was called. He depicted the quarries, woods, and Delaware River Valley of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His home near Lumberville was not far from the great stone quarries at Byram, New Jersey, which he often painted. Like most Impressionists, Garber painted out of doors directly from nature. These patterned scenes were dominated by shades of blue, green, and yellow. His work earned gold medals and numerous awards and prizes.

Quarry at Byram exemplifies Garber’s painting of these excavations. He recreates their raw, craggy surfaces with great deliberation, devoting his Impressionist sensibilities to the play of light across the Pennsylvania soil. Garber infused the setting with his own lyrical approach to the American landscape, achieving a subtle balance between the cliff’s massive volume and its rich surface properties.

Humphries, Lance. Daniel Garber: His Life and Work. New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries, 2006.

Peterson, Brian H. Pennsylvania Impressionism. Philadelphia: James A Michener Art Museum and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Gift of the artist to the John Herron Art Museum

Object Information

Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958)
creation date
about 1917
oil on canvas
52-1/2 x 56-1/2 in.
58-1/2 x 64 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Artist
© Daniel Garber
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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