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|Born in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, Elliott Daingerfield was a talented
watercolorist who earned a strong reputation while very young but was
most known for his depictions of the Grand Canyon which he first
visited in 1911.|
He painted his colorful, mystical landscapes
from memory, and his oil painting, The Genius of the Canyon brought
$15,000. in 1920. Likely this was the highest price paid to date
for a work by a living painter. Completed in 1913, it resulted
from his being part of a Santa Fe Railroad sponsored trip to the Grand
Canyon of eastern artists. He regarded modernist artists as "anti
God" and railed against them. He later had a studio at Carmel,
California and frequently traveled into Arizona from there to paint the
He was raised and educated in Fayetteville, North
Carolina. At age 21, he moved to New York City to study with
George Inness Sr. and Walter Satterlee at the Art Students League.
Inness became a great promoter of Daingerfield's painting, and he was
soon exhibiting at the National Academy of Design and joined the
prestigious Holbein Studios.
In 1897 and 1924, he was in Europe
and became much influenced by the Barbizon School of painting. In
the 1890s, he turned to religious subjects including a series of large
murals for New York churches. He asserted that art was a vehicle of
God's expression, the "language of the spirit."
After much ill health, he moved his studio from Blowing Rock to Gainsborough, North Carolina where he died in 1932.
Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
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|The following information was provided in July of 2006 by Joseph Daingerfield Dulaney, one of two grandsons of the artist:|
came to Blowing Rock in the summer of 1886 for his health and continued
to come to Blowing Rock in the summers for the rest of his life.
Students from the Penn School of Design often came and spent extended
periods with Mr. Daingerfield and his family in Blowing Rock continuing
their studies and painting in the studio or out on the mountains. He
taught at the school from l895 to 1915.
The Gainsboro was the name of the building in NY where he and other artist had their residence.
|Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:|
|ELLIOTT DAINGERFIELD (1859-1932)|
At times referred to as “the American Millet,” a term that applies primarily to his earliest works, Elliott Daingerfield followed in the tradition of the artists he admired and wrote about, George Inness, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Ralph Blakelock, whose works evoke moods rather than express specific meanings.
Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Daingerfield left the South in 1880 to seek art training in New York City. By 1886, when he set up his first summer studio in the mountain community of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, he had established the two cities for his personal life and professional career.
Daingerfield lost his first wife in childbirth in 1891. Four years later he married Anna Grainger and an idyllic period began. Daughters Marjorie, born in 1900, and Gwendoline, born in 1904, added to the joy. Daingerfield’s happiness was announced in two paintings executed shortly thereafter. "Autumn", completed in 1907, shows his daughters in glowing light holding baskets of fruit and vegetables, while Anna, cast in the role of Ceres, looks on. In "High Noon", painted the following year, Anna strolls in the garden at Woodwind, the little girls seated along the path before her. The picture---composed almost entirely of blue sky and white clouds and rendered in the bright colors and long strokes characteristic of decorative impressionism--- is Daingerfield’s most impressionist work.
Daingerfield adored his daughters and they adored him. Both were artistic, but Marjorie was the only one to pursue a career. The eldest of the two, she began modeling in clay in childhood. When she was twelve, Daingerfield had one of her figures cast in bronze. Marjorie attended Solon Borglum’s School of American Sculpture and the Grand Central School of Art, both in New York City. Her work is represented in several private and public collections, including Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Marjorie and Gwendoline Daingerfield were close friends all of their lives. They preserved their father’s oil sketches and drawings, kept track of his significant paintings, and made invaluable contributions to Daingerfield scholarship.
Nancy Rivard Shaw 2002©Robert M. Hicklin Jr., Inc.
Hobbs, Robert Elliott Daingerfield Retrospective Exhibition. Charlotte, North Carolina: The Mint Museum of Art, 1971.
Pennington, Estill Curtis and J. Richard Gruber. Victorian Visionary: The Art of Elliott Daingerfield Augusta, Georgia: Morris Museum of Art, 1994.
Stacks, William Leon and Alan Z. Aiches. Elliott Daingerfield: The Intimate Landscapes Exh. Cat. St. John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1984.
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