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Village Street (Woodstock)

Alternate Title(s):
Shadows
1913
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Signed lower right: John F. Folinsbee; inscribed on back stretcher, "Woodstock, NY"
Private collection

Provenance

Sold by Ferargil Gallery, January 1917
Private collection, 2003
Sold by Eldred's Auction Gallery, East Dennis, MA; April 9, 2016, lot 861.
Sold by James D. Julia, Inc., Boston, MA; August 26, 2016, lot 1418
Private collection, 2016

Exhibition History

1917 Ferargil II: Paintings by John Folinsbee

Published References

Jensen 2013: Folinsbee Considered, p. 224, cat entry

Commentary

Although the inscription on the verso of the board suggests a Woodstock scene, Folinsbee's logbook also contains a reference to a painting titled Village Street (New Hope), which would imply a date of at least 1916, and it is unlikely that he would have used the Woodstock address at that point in time--although he had painted and exhibited there during the summer of 1916. However, the artist's brushwork, which relies more on the "lost-edge" technique taught by his mentors Birge Harrison and John Carlson than the more structured approach he begain employing a few years later, as well as his palette suggest instead that this is a Woodstock subject with an earlier date.