A signed expressionist still life by John F. Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), obtained from a private collection, rendered in oil on paper, laid on canvas, depicting a floral arrangement in a blue pitcher, including a nearby pear and small box. Markings include the artist’s signature to the lower left corner. Born in Buffalo, NY, Folinsbee suffered polio at an early age, causing paralysis to his legs and major weakness to his right arm. Undaunted, he enrolled in the Arts Student League in Woodstock, N.Y in 1912. By 1924 he resided in New Hope in his home and studio designed by architect and artist Morgan Colt (1876-1926). Within the next two decades, his painterly techniques advanced into a more impressionistic style, often inspired by natural settings. The artist was the recipient of major awards and prizes throughout his artistic career, namely through National exhibitions ranging 1913-1970. Folinsbees works reside in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design, Phillips Collection (Washington), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Jersey State Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, among many others.
Source: New Hope for American Art by James M. Alterman