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The John F. Folinsbee Art Trust is pleased to announce the release of Folinsbee Considered, published by Hudson Hills Press. 

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Exciting News and Discoveries

A study has surfaced with the title, Poughkeepsie Bridge, (Study), (1256); for the larger painting Poughkeepsie Bridge, (448). It has been listed in the catalogue as current location unknown for many years. It was held in a private nautical collection in Texas.  

The Frick Art Reference Library of the Frick Collection has added the John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne's website to the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), which consists of the research librairies of three leading art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, which operates the Frick Reference Library, and the Museum of Modern Art. This enables public online accsessibility to the broadest range of print materials related to art and art history. It is also making archival copies of important web resources for preservation and to allow access for both the domestic and international scholary community for future researchers.

The James A. Micherner Art Museum, in Doylestown, PA, has announced the launch of it's involvement in The Goggle Art Project. The website allows viewers to access thousands of artworks in the worlds most noted museum collections. It provides the most highlighted exploration enabling the viewer to study the details of the work beyond what is possible with the naked eye. Three Folinsbee paintings are currently represented River Ice, (893); Mill by the River, Fall, (920), and Ellingwood Rock, (890). You can see the collection by following the link provided here, (

The James A. Michener Art Museum is publishing a monthly blog titled Volunteer Voices created and written by the museum's Archivist and Manager of Volunteers, Pam Sergey. The primary focus is to share with the Volunteer's, stories, points of view and details, that Pam has researched and unearthed about particular Artists and Exhibitions at the Michener in the hope that they will be inspired to pass this information on to the visitor's. The April, 2015 blog post, titled Harry Leith Ross's Paint Box is a facinating one that talks about the close friendship between Harry Leith-Ross and John F. Folinsbee. There are two paintings by Folinsbee titled, (Leith-Ross Painting, ca 1930s), (245) and (Harry Leith Ross Painting Outdoors, 1931) (833). You can view the post by following the link provided here, (

Loire at Tours, (976) painted during Folinsbee's 1926 visit to France, has been located in a private collection, where it was passed down from the individual who originally purchased the painting from the artist. The painting has been added to the catalogue and may be viewed by following the link here.


The Roswell Museum and Art Center , in Roswell, New Mexico is currently exhibiting Pennsylvania Impressionists: November 10, 2017 - May 31, 2018. Curated by the James A. Michener Art Museum, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A painting by John Folinsbee, Mill by the River, Fall (920) is on display along with fourteen other Pennsylvania Impressionists works.The exhibition was developed out of a partnership between the Roswell Art Museum and the Michener and co-curated by Sara Woodbury of the Roswell and Dr. Kirsten M. Jensen, P.h.D., of the Michener. In exchange, an exhibition titled Magical and Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective will open at the James A.Michener Art Museum on January 21, 2018 - May 6, 2018, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania had an exhibition titled The Death of Impressionism?: Disruption and Innovation in Art:, that was on view from November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017. It was curated by Dr. Kirsten M. Jensen, P.h.D., the Chief Curator of the Museum and the former, Founding Director of the John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne. Several paintings by Folinsbee were included in the exhibition. The titles were, Coal Yard, (585); Trenton Platform, (582); Bridge at New Hope, (956); and Burnt Coat Harbor, (810). The paintings, Beth and Joan, 1924, (720); and Beth and Joan, 1938, (1466); will be in a comparison series highlighting transitional moments. 

The Mystic Seaport, Museum, in Mystic, Connecticut had an exhibition titled, "Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm, that was on view from May 21, 2016 - January 16, 2017. The exhibition was on loan from the New Britain Museum of American Art. There were four Folinsbee paintings from the Hamm's collection that were included titled, Five Islands, (472); Tide Rift, (008); Damariscove, (847); and Hochamock Bay Shore, (1431).

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery, in Wiscasset, Maine, displayed a summer exhibition titled, Maine and America in the Twentieth Century, (August 11 - September 30, 2016). A number of John F. Folinsbee paintings, that are listed in the Catalogue Raisonne, were included in the exhibition. They were River Lane, (455); Freeland Coal Breaker, (492); Goose Rocks Passage, (549); Shad Fisherman, 1927, (835); Storm Over Chewonki, (487); Trees Along the Canal, (489); and Winter River Mist, (264). The paintings can also be viewed on the gallery website at

 Freeland Coal Breaker, (492) was included in an exhibition at the James A. Micherner Art Museum: Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection. The exhibition was organized by Dr. Kirsten M. Jensen, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. It is drawn from the Steidle Collection at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery at the Pennsylvania State University. The bulk of the exhibition was assembled by Edward Steidle, Dean of the College of Earth and Sciences to demonstrate visually to his students various industrial processes and the critical role of mineral industries in Pennsylvania. Dr. Jensen notes "So much of Pennsylvania's original industries have long since disappeared, that these paintings are significant historically in providing viewers a unique window into the past. Equally compelling, however, is their stunning visual appeal and dramatic impact, and the collective statement they make about Pennsylvania's artistic, as well as industrial, heritage". The exhibition was on view from (July 11 through October 25, 2015).

Bourre Gardens, (307) was included in a exhibition at the James A. Michener Art MuseumArtist in the Garden exploring the relationship between artists and nature from early in the 20th century to today. It was curated by Dr. Kirsten M. Jensen, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. She is the Founding Director of the John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne. The exhibition dates were (February 7 through August 9, 2015), Putman Smith Gallery.

Jersey City Ramp, (445) was included in an exhibition this past summer at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine: Modern Life, 20th Century Art, (July 9 - August 7, 2015).

Queensboro Bridge and The Harbor were included in an exhibition at the Hudson River MuseumThe Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940. The exhibition opened in October, 2013 and traveled to the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, (20 March - 22 June 2014).


In the March, 2016 issue of PleinAir Magazine, p.3; has a featured first page article titled, Plein Air Hertitage, John Folinsbee (1892-1972), was published with the intent to historically represent painters working in the Plein Air tradition in the hopes to inspire contemporary Plein Air painters working today.

In May/June 2014 American Fine Art Magazine published a review of the book Folinsbee Considered; by Dr. Kirsten M. Jensen titled, Poetic Interpretation; p.44, 45

The catalogue for the exhibition, The Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 (Fordham University Press, 2013), includes color illustrations and catalogue entries for Queensboro Bridge and The Harbor, as well as an essay by the Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne's Founding Director, Kirsten M. Jensen. 

In conjunction with the exhibition John Folinsbee and American Modernism, the Woodmere Art Museum published a catalogue with a biography, essay, and chronology by Catalogue Raisonné Director Kirsten M. Jensen (for more information, see the museum’s website. An essay excerpted from the exhibition catalogue is also available in the American Art Review vol. 23, no. 1 (February 2011): 90-97.

In 2008, David Lembeck published an article about the New Deal murals in Pennsylvania, including a discussion of the two by John Folinsbee with the assistance of Peter G. Cook. See Lembeck, “Rediscovering the People’s Art: New Deal Murals in Pennsylvania’s Post Offices,” Pennsylvania Heritage vol. 34, no. 3 (Summer 2008), 28-37.

In 2007, Catalogue Raisonné Director Kirsten Jensen published an article about the influence of Cezanne on the landscapes of John Folinsbee. See Jensen, “Contour, Bones, and Skin: Cezanne’s Influence on John Folinsbee,” Fine Art Connoisseur vol. 4, no. 4 (August 2007), 51-55.


The Catalogue Raisonné's Founding Director, Kirsten M. Jensen has taken the position as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. Nikki Hayes, who has worked with the Catalogue for many years as the Research Assistant, is now the Manager of the Catalogue Raisonné. Kirsten continues to be an active advisory member of the Catalogue and the John F. Folinsbee Art Trust.

 Programs, Events & Lectures

Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne's Founding Director, Kirsten M. Jensen, considered aspects of the artist's work during a lecture titled, "John Folinsbee's dark Night " (exploring the 40s and 50s), at the Union League Club of Philadelphia on December 1st, 2014.

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