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Poughkeepsie Bridge
Alternate titles: Bridge Over the Hudson, Winter; Poughkeepsie #45, The Trestle; Winter, Bridge Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 in. (60.96 x 76.2 cm)
Signed lower right: John Folinsbee; inscribed on stretcher: "Poughkeepsie #45 'The Trestle'"
Folinsbee 1912–20s stockbook: p. 130, 151, 152
Private collection
Estate of the artist
Newman Gallery, Philadelphia
Private collection
Edgartown Art Gallery, Martha's Vineyard
Private collection
Art Students League, New York, Exhibition of the Woodstock School of Landscape Painting, March 1914.
Washington Art Association, Washington, Connecticut, 1st Annual Exhibition, September 7–12, 1914.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 27th Annual Exhibition of American Paintings, November 3–December 6, 1914, no. 115.
National Academy of Design, New York, 89th Annual Exhibition (Winter), December 19, 1914–January 17, 1915, no. 81.
Art Association of Houston, Houston, The Woodstock School, April–May 1915. Traveled to: Art Association of Galveston, Texas, 1915.
Louis Katz Art Galleries, New York, Recent Paintings by Harry Leith-Ross and John F. Folinsbee, October 4–21, 1915, no. 19. Traveled to: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, November 1915.
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Recent Paintings by John F. Folinsbee and Harry Leith-Ross, November 1915, no. 267.
Mahoning Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Midwinter Exhibition of Paintings Loaned by John F. Folinsbee, by Harry Leith-Ross, and by Artists and Citizens of Youngstown, January 4–22, 1916, no. 267.
Erie Art Club, Erie Public Library, Erie, Pennsylvania, Annual Exhibition of the Erie Art Club, February 1916.
Smith College, Hillyer Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts, Paintings of John F. Folinsbee, October–November 1916.
Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, John Folinsbee: Another View, April 8–30, 1994, no. 70, as Winter, Bridge Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York.
Woodmere Art Museum, John Folinsbee and American Modernism, November 6, 2010–March 6, 2011. (Jensen 2010).
Published References
Art Students' League of New York. Prospectus, Summer School of the Art Students' League at Woodstock, NY. New York: The League, 1914, [6], b/w ill.
[no title]. Hampshire Gazette, October 31, 1916.
[no title]. Springfield Republican, November, 16 1916.
"Interest Continues in Art Exhibition." [Erie, Pa], February 1916.
Bowdoin, G. W. "John Folinsbee's Paintings Shown at the Ferargil." New York Evening World, January 24, 1919.
Jensen, Kirsten M. John Folinsbee and American Modernism. Philadelphia: Woodmere Art Museum, 2010. Exhibition catalogue (2010 Woodmere Art Museum Phila), p. 10, color ill.
Mitchell, Mark D. "An Old Philadelphia Master Gets a New Look at Woodmere Exhibit." Chestnut Hill Local 52 (December 30, 2010), p. 1, color ill.
Jensen, Kirsten M. "John Folinsbee and American Modernism." American Art Review (February 2011), p. 95, color ill.
Jensen, Kirsten M. Folinsbee Considered. Hudson Hills Press, 2013, p. 37, color ill.; p. 142-143, color ill. (detail); p. 144, color plate 3; p. 225, cat entry.

Poughkeepsie Bridge was Folinsbee's first real "exhibition picture" in the sense that it was the first painting he sent on tour. From the Woodstock Winter Exhibition he sent it to the National Academy's 89th Annual, and then on to the Art Institute of Chicago before ending the year exhibiting it at the first show for the Washington (Conn.) Art Association. In 1915 the painting traveled to Houston and Galveston before being included in an exhibition with Harry Leith-Ross at Katz Gallery in New York. In 1916, Folinsbee sent Poughkeepsie Bridge to Erie for a small exhibition at the Erie Art Club and exhibited at Hillyer Gallery, Smith College in his first solo show. The painting's silvery atmosphere, the subtle movement of the smoke rising from the engine, and the oblique angle of the composition demonstrate the sophisticated technique and masterful handling of paint that Folinsbee had developed early in his career.

The painting is probably the one for which Folinsbee received the Isidore (First) Prize ($75) at the 1914 Winter Exhibition of the Art Student's League Summer School (Woodstock), held at the League's headquarters in New York City. The judges in the competition were Birge Harrison, F. Luis Mora, Emil Carlson, Paul Cornoyer, J. Francis Murphy, Gifford Beal, and George Macrum. The painting would certainly have found favor with several of these artists--and definitely bore resemblance to their work, particularly that of Harrison, with whom Folinsbee had boarded while attending in Woodstock the previous summer.

Record last updated October 21, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Jensen, Kirsten M. ""Poughkeepsie Bridge, 1914 (JFF.448)." In John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed on June 18, 2024).