DOYLESTOWN, PA –Daniel Garber’s universally celebrated painting Tanis will return to the Michener Art Museum from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, June 15. The painting will remain on view at the Michener through December 30, 2018.
In 2011, Philadelphia-area philanthropists Marguerite and H. F. Gerry Lenfest presented Tanis as a gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the stipulation that the painting be returned on loan to the Michener Art Museum for three months every three years. This year marks its second return under that agreement. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest are longtime supporters of the Michener Art Museum, which is recognized for its world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings—many of them donated to the museum by the Lenfests—as well as its commitment to preserving and presenting the work of other Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tanis back to the Michener Art Museum,” said Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, interim executive director of the Michener Art Museum. “We, along with our visitors, marvel about the vast, timeless talents of Daniel Garber. Adding Tanis to our galleries gives our visitors an even broader and deeper understanding of Garber’s remarkable legacy.”
Four significant figural works by Daniel Garber will be on view at the Michener Art Museum this summer. Three of these works—Tanis, Fanny, and Studio Wall—will be visible to visitors from a single vantage point in the Hankin and Betz Gallery. A Wooded Watershed, a 22-by-12-foot mural, is on view in the museum’s Commonwealth Gallery.
Daniel Garber (1880-1958) was a central figure in the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement, and was one of the most significant and decorated artists of his generation. Born in Indiana, Garber moved east as a teenager to pursue his dream career as an artist. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Europe, Garber settled down to painting in his home, Cuttalossa, in Lumberville, PA. Garber’s style combines realism and fantasy, precise draftsmanship and decorative technique, emblazoning all in vibrant, shimmering colors. A landscape artist, Garber was best known for his paintings of Bucks County woods and quarries. To a greater extent than many of his New Hope colleagues, Garber also achieved recognition as a figure painter. A leading instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for over forty years, Garber influenced younger generations of painters as well.
Among the Garber works in the Michener Art Museum’s permanent collection are the mural A Wooded Watershed, along with several paintings including Up the Cutalossa (1915), April 30 (1953), and Springtime in the Village (1917). The Michener Art Museum’s permanent holdings include nine additional Garber paintings as well as 70 prints and drawings by the artist.
An exhibition that opens at the Michener Art Museum on June 2—American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest—showcases modernist work donated to the Michener Art Museum by the Lenfests.
About the James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.