The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Take a cluster of Bucks County farmhouses, a stretch of the Delaware River, a palette of luminous autumn colors, and air as crisp as an apple: There you have the signature of Daniel Garber (1880-1958), one of a group of American painters who worked in New Hope, Pennsylvania, during the early years of the 20th century. Officially identified as belonging to the New Hope School of American Impressionism, the group is usually called simply the “Pennsylvania Impressionists.” New Hope is one of many such regional groups active around that time: Cos Cob, Boston, and Old Lyme are but a few of many other “regional Impressionism” colonies dotted throughout the Northeast (JAMA cover, April 4, 1990), as well as other parts of the country. Most, including New Hope, had similar aims: to create a sense of communal support in artists of similar disposition, who might otherwise be working in isolation; to facilitate learning by a critique of existing work; to exchange ideas; and to increase financial income by means of common exhibits. Above all, the area was to be a place of beauty that would both create and nourish inspiration.
Southgate MT. Landscape. JAMA. 2006;296(15):1811. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1811