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821

Sheep

1912
Oil on board
8 x 10 1/2 in. (20.32 x 26.67 cm)
Unsigned; inscribed verso in artist's hand, "Sheep"
Gunn Memorial Historical Museum, Bequest of Walter and Verna McCutcheon Logan

Provenance

Walter and Verna McCutcheon Logan
Gunn Memorial Historical Museum, Washington, Connecticut, 1978

Exhibition History

2003 Gunn Memorial Museum: Picture Perfect: The Art of John Folinsbee

Published References

Jensen 2013: Folinsbee Considered, p. 30, color ill. ; p. 222, cat entry

Commentary

Sheep was probably painted during the winter or early spring before Folinsbee went to Woodstock to study with Birge Harrison and John Carlson, but it shows that he was already beginning to paint landscapes with an attention to light and atmosphere, and with the kind of restricted, tonal palette that Harrison favored. The small sketch also represents a midpoint in Folinsbee's early technical development, between his earliest work with Jonas Lie and his future studies in Woodstock.