6 Autograph Letters, signed, to Austin M. Purves Jr, plus one addressed to [E.H.] Blashfield introducing Purves. Daniel Garber.

American Impressionist Garber Encourages A Young Artist

6 Autograph Letters, signed, to Austin M. Purves Jr, plus one addressed to [E.H.] Blashfield introducing Purves.

v.p: 1920-1922.

With the originals of the Purves envelopes. 1 vols. 8vo and 12 mo. American Impressionist Garber Encourages A Young Artist. Old folds, and some wear to envelopes, else near fine. Item #41825

An interesting and rather heartening correspondence between an established artist, the American impressionist Daniel Garber, and his pupil and protégé, Austin Purves. It includes a letter from Garber to the even more established artist Edward Howland Blashfield, decorator of the Great Central Dome of the Library of Congress, introducing the younger man: "Austin M. Purves Jr., a young blood who has been courting the Muse of Mural Decoration...one of my best students." To Purves, Garber writes encouragingly over the space of two years, commiserating on the lack of success in a competition, easing his way into the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (from which he writes), and mentioning an illness "in spite of or as a result of" Garber's winning the Corcoran Gold Medal in Washington. Apropos of the Foundation, Garber, who had previously recommended another of his students, writes, "nothing would please me better than to have you think of the Phila end of this place and try your best to be a credit to it", and his letters end with one congratulating Purves on the progress he has made.

Daniel Garber (1880-1958) was born in Indiana of Mennonite farming stock, moving east in his teens to pursue a career in art. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he later taught for over 40 years, and in Europe, before settling for good in the Bucks County village of Lumberville--an area, centering around New Hope, which attracted a number of noted American artists. Best known for his landscapes, of which one critic wrote, "Out of the realism of the Bucks County countryside he created an ideal, almost mystical world", Garber's work was characterized by superb draftsmanship and vibrant colors. Along with the older landscapist Edward Redfield, he was "one of the most important painters of New Hope's second generation." And, as can be seen from this correspondence, a supportive and inspiring one as well.

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