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Poughkeepsie Bridge

Alternate Title(s):
Bridge Over the Hudson, Winter; Winter, Bridge Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York; Poughkeepsie #45, The Trestle
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 191220s stockbook: pp. 130, 151, 152
Private collection


Estate of the artist
Newman Gallery, Philadelphia
Private collection
Edgartown Art Gallery, Martha's Vineyard
Private collection

Exhibition History

1914 AIC: 27th Annual Exhibition of American Paintings, no. 115
1914 ASL: Exhibition of the Woodstock School of Landscape Painting
1914 Washington: 1st Annual Exhibition
191415 NAD: 89th Annual Exhibition (Winter), no. 81
1915 Louis Katz NY: Recent Paintings by Harry Leith-Ross and John F. Folinsbee, no. 19
1915 Texas: The Woodstock School
1915 Toledo: Recent Paintings by John F. Folinsbee and Harry Leith-Ross, no. 267
1916 Erie: Annual Exhibition of the Erie Art Club
1916 Hillyer: Paintings of John F. Folinsbee
1916 Mahoning (Butler) II: Midwinter Exhibition of Paintings Loaned by John F. Folinsbee, by Harry Leith-Ross, and by Artists and Citizens of Youngstown, no. 267
1994 Newman: John Folinsbee: Another View, no. 70, as Winter, Bridge Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York
2010 Woodmere Art Museum Phila: John Folinsbee and American Modernism

Published References

ASL Prospectus 1914: Prospectus, Summer School of the Art Students' League at Woodstock, NY, [6], b/w ill.
Clipping 1916a: "Interest Continues in Art Exhibition"
Hampshire Gazette 1916
Springfield 1916
Bowdoin 1919: "John Folinsbee's Paintings Shown at the Ferargil"
Jensen 2010: John Folinsbee and American Modernism, p. 10, color ill.
Mitchell 2010: "An Old Philadelphia Master Gets a New Look at Woodmere Exhibit," p. 1, color ill.
Jensen 2011: "John Folinsbee and American Modernism," p. 95, color ill.
Jensen 2013: Folinsbee Considered, 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.