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Theme: portrait »
Medium: Oil »
In the Garden
Alternate titles: Beth in a Blue Dress; In the Garden
Oil on canvas on cardboard
16 x 12 1/4 in. (40.64 x 31.115 cm)
Signed lower right: John Folinsbee
Private collection
Private collection
Private collection
Ferargil Gallery, New York, Paintings by John Folinsbee, January 1919.
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, Group Exhibition of Paintings by Myron Barlow, Charles Rosen, Hayley Lever, Randall Daley, John Wenger, and John Folinsbee; A Series of Thumb-Box Sketches lent by the Ferargil Gallery, New York; and Foreign War Posters Lent by Mrs. Fiske Warren of Harvard, Mass, February Nineteen Hundred Nineteen, February 7–March 6, 1919, no. 70, as In the Garden.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine, The Art of John Folinsbee, July–August 2001, no. 3.
Published References
[no title].Rochester Democrat, February 8, 1919.
"Paintings by John Folinsbee." New York Times, January 19, 1919.
Culver, Michael. "The Art of John Folinsbee." American Art Review 13, no. 4 (August 2001), p. 108, color ill., as Beth in a Blue Dress.
Michael Culver. The Art of John Folinsbee. Ogunquit, ME: Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 2001. Exhibition catalogue, color ill..
Jensen, Kirsten M. Folinsbee Considered. Hudson Hills Press, 2013, p. 26, color ill..
A critic from Rochester, New York, claimed that the three portraits of Beth in the 1919 Ferargil show would have made a pleasing exhibition on their own. About In the Garden (as the painting was known at the time), he enthused: "Take for instance that called 'In the Garden," where the baby, wandering aimlessly amid the flowers has been attracted by the brilliant blue blossoms at the side of the walk and has stopped to pluck them. Posture, and even the reach of the little arm and hand, are the very essence of infantile uncertainty." (Unidentified clipping, with "Rochester" written beside it, in Ruth's hand)
Record last updated August 2, 2019. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Jensen, Kirsten M. "In the Garden, 1918–19 (JFF.776)." John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed on August 1, 2021).