John Folinsbee

(1892-1972)

John Folinsbee, born in 1892, was a third generation Impressionist which is now referred to as the New Hop School. He studied at the Art Student's League and worked as a WPA artist. Folinsbee's most successful works depicted local industrial life and riverside scenes. In 1924, Folinsbee built a home on the Delaware River, providing continual inspiration for his work. Portrayals of the working class life were shown executed in broken brushwork characteristic of Impressionism. In the 1930s, however, Folinbess style of painting changed dramatically. His palette became dark and serious and the application of paint more vigorous. Folisbee preferred to paint directly from nature. Folinsbee had been stricken by Polio and remained in a wheelchair until his death in 1972.