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The Woodmere Art Museum presents JOHN FOLINSBEE AND AMERICAN MODERNISM on view through March 6, 2011.

During the years 1920-1940, landscape painter John Folinsbee began to move away from Impressionism in favor of a style more firmly grounded in structure and a greater expression of mood.

Structure is a key characteristic of modernism, and paintings made by Folinsbee during this period reveal him to be much more engaged in the development of modern art in America than has been previously thought. Instead of painting traditional pastoral views of the Delaware River and its environs, Folinsbee was drawn to the mills, factories, and steel-truss bridges that lined the river’s banks or spanned its waters. And while a handful of the paintings have been seen before, the exhibition features primarily works that have been seen by the public rarely, if ever, since Folinsbee completed them.

Curated by Kirsten Jensen, Ph. D., Director, John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonné.

Lecture: Widening an Old Trail: John Folinsbee and the New Hope Modernists by exhibition curator Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Sunday, December 5, 2pm

Image: John Folinsbee Trenton Platform, 1929 32 x 40 in. oil on canvas, Private Collection

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