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Self-portrait

1919
Oil on canvas
29 7/8 x 25 in. (75.882 x 63.5 cm)
Signed lower left: John Folinsbee/1919
National Academy Museum, New York

Provenance

Entered present collection in 1919 as artist's ANA diploma presentation.
National Academy Museum, New York

Exhibition History

1982 NJSM: The Paintings of John Folinsbee, no. 4
1984 Century: Self-Portraits by the Artist Members of the National Academy of Design and the Century Association

Published References

Cook 1994: John Folinsbee, p. 70, color ill.
Paolino 1994: "Rendering a World Full of Hope," p. 19, b/w ill.
Reed 1994: "John Folinsbee: A Traditional Painter Amidst Modernist Trends," cover ill.
Dearinger and Davis 2004: Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, p. 197, b/w ill.
Jensen 2013: Folinsbee Considered, cover

Commentary

In 1919, Folinsbee was elected a provisional associate member of the National Academy. In order to fulfill the requirements of the Academy's constitution, each elected artist was required within a year of election to submit a self-portrait to the Academy's Council, who would then determine whether or not the work was acceptable; failure to submit a work within the specified time would void the election. It was expected that the submitted work would be representative of the artist's style, and Folinsbee's submission is painted in the tonal, impressionist style in which he worked at the time. Later in his career, after he began working in a more fluid, expressionist style, Folinsbee dismissed this portrait and regretted submitting it to the Academy as representative of his oeuvre at the time. However, the work can be appreciated for its balanced composition, harmonious use of color, and the confident and forceful brushwork that would be a hallmark of Folinsbee's style throughout his career.