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Jun 6, 2021
Signed 'Daniel Garber' bottom center; also signed and titled (multiple times) on label and on stretcher verso, oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 27 1/2 (74.9 x 69.9cm)
Executed circa 1923-1924.
In a Bernard Badura frame.
Acquired directly from the above in 1956.
Collection of John F. Lewis, Jr. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
By descent in the family through Katherine D.K. Lower.
Private Collection, Maryland.
Private Collection, Ohio.
"Exhibition of Paintings and Etchings by Daniel Garber," Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 9-November 3, 1924, no. 29.
(Possibly) "Exhibition of Fine Arts," exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Association of Newport (now Newport Art Museum), Newport, Rhode Island, and Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, New York, July 1-28, 1925.
"Seventh Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting," Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, June 9-July 10, 1927.
"Daniel Garber: Drawings and Paintings," Tricker Galleries, New York, New York, January 17, February 10, 1938, no. 13.
Artist's Record Book I, lines 31-34, p. 29.
Letter from John F. Lewis, Jr. to Daniel Garber, May 24, 1956.
Letter from John F. Lewis, Jr. to Daniel Garber, May 28, 1956.
Lance Humphries, Daniel Garber: Catalogue Raisonné, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2006. Vol. II, p. 171, P 468 (illustrated).
The present painting is a quintessential example of Garber's work. Executed in 1923, and reworked the following summer, it depicts a typical summer scene marked by striking sunlight and storm clouds seen rumbling in the sky. The work was painted on the side of the creek in the quaint village of Shannonville (now Audubon), along the Schuylkill River Trail and opposite Valley Forge National Historic Park. While no human is to be seen, the clothes line is a subtle sign that inhabitants are not too far away. The laundry, which is used as a bright focal spot, is like colorful jewels shimmering in the sun, attracting our eye. It is well accented and counter-balanced by the nearby green slopes and the red facades of the buildings around. In short, it encapsulates all the melancholic, yet satisfying feelings of a warm summer day. Houses - Shannonville was purchased directly from Garber and remained in the family of the first owner through the descendants.
The unlined canvas in excellent original condition with no sign of inpainting as seen under UV light. With evidence of minor frame rubbing along the top outer edge of the work. The paint has been thinly applied in certain areas: this is part of the artist's working process, not a sign of abrasions.
Frame: 38 3/8 x 36 3/8 in.
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