Catskills Foothills, Winter is not dated, but the location and season inscribed verso lead one to posit that it may have been painted en plein air during his winter sojourn at Woodstock. The small size of Folinsbee’s canvas boards offered easy portability as he and Leith-Ross ventured among the hills and valleys in search of material, and also compelled him to quickly record the transient conditions of a scene, such as light and weather, using lively, impressionist brushwork.
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Folinsbee earned numerous awards throughout his very prolific career from venues including the Salmagundi Club, the Pennsylvania Academy, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the National Arts Club, and several prizes from the National Academy alone between 1916 and 1952. Museums eagerly acquired examples of his work during his lifetime, and today his paintings can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine, and the Dallas Museum of Art, among many others.
By descent through the family of the artist
- (verso, in ink) John Folinsbee (something rubbed away underneath)
- (verso, in ink) CATSKILLS FOOTHILLS – WINTER
- Property of / John F. Folinsbee / Art Trust (with A-23 written in pencil)