New Harbor, Maine is one of several examples of Folinsbee’s work from this period in his career when weather, mood, and atmosphere became integral to the emotive quality of his canvases. While the view depicts a sheltered inlet along Maine’s rugged shores, the artist has still conveyed New Harbor’s proximity to the sea, as Atlantic breezes push sun-tinged clouds across the sky and create sparkling ripples in the water. The painting also illustrates Folinsbee’s eye for composition and color, from the interesting angles formed when the house and dock in the foreground meet the horizontal line of trees and waterfront buildings across the cove to the wonderful interplay of cool and warm tones throughout the scene.
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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 of board in pen, unsure whose hand) NEW HARBOR
Property of / John F. Folinsbee / Art Trust / F09